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Blessed Are They That Mourn: Stratford Caldecott and Tradition

Hilaire Belloc calls the dons that taught him at Oxford «The horizon of my memories— / Like large and comfortable trees.» I can apply that expression to the friends of my parents whom I knew as a small child. 2,069 more words

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hic et ille natus est in ea

Almost anything that can be said of the Church can be said of the Blessed Virgin Mary, because she is the pattern and exemplar of the Church (and therefore of the whole universe), as De Koninck argues in  343 more words

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Direction of conscience itself should not become an idle chat. ‘I should say,’ wrote Bossuet to Sister Cornuau, ‘that there seems to me a manifest defect in present-day piety: people talk too much about their prayer and their state.

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Avicenna and Michael Bolin

Listening to Peter Adamson’s brilliant podcasts on Islamic philosophy, it struck me that al-Farabi and Avicenna had a theory about the the genesis of substantial form similar to that… 181 more words

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Desire and the Good

Over at The Josias I have put up thirty-seven theses on the good. Since the good is the cause of causes, errors about it are in a way the most fundamental errors. 455 more words

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Our brother, Paul Miki, saw himself standing now in the noblest pulpit he had ever filled. To his “congregation” he began by proclaiming himself a Japanese and a Jesuit.

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Go from me thou fardel of sin, nourishing of evils and morsel of death, and depart, and know thou that I am prevented and am loved of another lover, which hath given to me many better jewels… (St Agnes to the Prefect’s son in…

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