Monthly Archives: September 2013

Feast of St. Jerome (September 30)

Saint Jerome (347 — 420) was a theologian and historian, who also became a Doctor of the Church. He is best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate), and his commentaries on the Gospel of the Hebrews. His list of writings is extensive and … Continue reading

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Sunday Reflection, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 29, 2013): Establishing the “I-Thou” Relationship

“This encounter with personalism [in the thought of Martin Buber] was for me a spiritual experience that left an essential mark” — Pope Benedict XVI “When I confront a human being as my Thou and speak the basic word I-Thou to … Continue reading

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Heroic Leadership, Jesuit Style, and Pope Francis

I told myself that I would refrain from discussing Pope Francis’ interview last week as that subject was widely covered elsewhere. I have largely stuck to that other than a brief reference to Blessed Peter Faber, S.J., one of the … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Vincent de Paul (September 27)

Today is the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul. Vincent de Paul was born in April 1581 of a Gascon peasant family in Pouy in the south-east of France. He had four brothers and two sisters. At an early age, he showed … Continue reading

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Consciousness, the Mind and the Wonder of the Human Person

“There are two absolutely unpredictable happenings in the story of the cosmos. The first was the origin of life, the second the origin of the mind.” — John C. Eccles, Nobel Prize, Medicine, 1963 “How the Self Controls Its Brain”, p. 167 For the past … Continue reading

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Life of Teilhard de Chardin: Discovery of Peking Man and Travels (1928-1940)

I am gradually building out the “Life of Teilhard de Chardin” posts. It has taken longer than usual as work and family preclude me from spending more time on the blog. However, here is the latest installment: Discovery of Peking … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and Blessed Peter Faber, S.J.

  Don’t worry, this is not yet another analysis of Pope Francis’ interview with Antonio Spadaro, S.J. which was translated by and published in America Magazine. That interview has been covered in-depth in a variety of news outlets and blogs. One of the remarkable things … Continue reading

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