Today is the XVth Sunday after Trinity or Trinity XV. As most Sundays Trinity XV is a Semidouble. The liturgical color is green. The Octave of the Nativity of the BVM is Simple so that nothing is said of the Octave (except on the Octave Day itself). The Universal Kalendar commemorates St. Gorgonius and in … More Sunday Trinity XV
In raising up our thought from the apprehension of the intelligible whatnesses that these things have, we ourselves are transcending temporality. Eric D. Perl, Thinking Being, p. 33. Sometimes an objection to forms is raised that askes this question. But to ask the question is to misunderstand what form is. The question is therefore unanswerable. Form … More Can a Form exist at a time it has no Instances?
Recently I had the pleasure of taking our kids to Legoland in Denmark. What a wonderful place it is and it beautifully expresses what seems to me to be true Platonic Realism. It is amazing how many things you can build using lego blocks and a lively imagination combined with an almost visionary technical insight. … More Paradigms, patterns, and forms.
One objection to be anticipated here is that Plato seems to indicate in his dialogues that forms are radically separate from their instances. What could such separation of forms from their instances mean except that very dualism we discussed before? And does such separation of forms (to which the soul or mind belongs) from their … More Forms as separate from their Instances
Today, at Matins, we begin to read the Book of Job. During the month of September the days begin to be shorter and the nights begin to be longer. The warmth of summer begins to make place for the coming cold of winter. We are entereing a season of struggle between light and day, warm and cold. … More 1st Sunday in September
Plato seems to be a good place to start investigating the platonic dualism that is presumed to have invaded christian theology. We shall start with “being as form.” Being as form I am assuming that most of us that have heard that “form” or “ideas” are basic to Plato’s philosophy. This is certainly true. But … More Plato’s dualism (i)
There are many commentaries available on the Psalms. Many of them make use of the latest insights of “critical scholarship” by which is meant an interpretation which attempts to stay within the boundaries set by the science of history. Much can be learned from such an approach. Such interpretations remain at the surface of the … More The Psalter and mystical interpretation
Image: Plato and Aristotle by Raphael. The “Explanations and Acknowledgments” section in the Anglican Breviary touch on “modern misunderstanding” of “mystical interpretation” (of Scripture). The liturgy of the hours as contained in the Anglican Breviary is an intricate tapestry woven of precisely such interpretation. The incredible beauty of the Anglican Breviary thus depends … More “Modern Misunderstanding,” AB, viii …
… since I last posted here. I have not lost interest in the Anglican Breviary, nor have I forgotten about this blog. There have been many developments in the lives of my family and I that required attention and so I was unable to spend much time on the blog here. However, I do hope … More It’s been a while …
One of the ancient elements of the Divine Office that is not included in the Anglican Breviary is the litany which formed part of the end of Tenebrae Lauds. This litany could be found in many medieval uses and until recently in some religious orders as well. This litany is known as the “Litany Kyrie … More The Tenebrae Litany