Minute Particulars

"...minute and particular." -- Enormous Generalities

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


In Fides et Ratio, Pope John Paul II quotes a nice passage on St. Thomas Aquinas from Pope Paul VI's Lumen Ecclesiae
Without doubt, Thomas possessed supremely the courage of the truth, a freedom of spirit in confronting new problems, the intellectual honesty of those who allow Christianity to be contaminated neither by secular philosophy nor by a prejudiced rejection of it. He passed therefore into the history of Christian thought as a pioneer of the new path of philosophy and universal culture. The key point and almost the kernel of the solution which, with all the brilliance of his prophetic intuition, he gave to the new encounter of faith and reason was a reconciliation between the secularity of the world and the radicality of the Gospel, thus avoiding the unnatural tendency to negate the world and its values while at the same time keeping faith with the supreme and inexorable demands of the supernatural order.


Tuesday, January 20, 2004


We cover our coffee table with paper to give my son (who just turned two) a place to draw. Can you tell what he's working on these days? He can draw 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 (two circles), 9, and 0 pretty well. 1 and 4 are his best. 3 and 5 are still a challenge.

Back to regular posting soon.