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Jon connects leaders and organizations to Catholic philosophical resources to battle for the soul of the western world.

“How to Live One Day at a Time” by D.F. Miller, CSSR

By Jon|September 18, 2017|Religion|

I found the following pamphlet, called “How To Live One Day at a Time” in a dusty old library. I later discovered that the book was out of print, in the public domain, and worth the short amount of typing. So here it is: Some years ago a book was published under the title “How to Live 365 Days a Year.” A far better thing to learn is how to

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Chaput on the 25th Anniversary of Veritatis Splendor

By Jon|September 12, 2017|Faith and Reason|

First Things published a piece by Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia (found here), wherein he describes the importance of Veritatis Splendor, an encyclical written by St. John Paul II on the importance of philosophy in our time. As you might expect, this is particularly important to me for three reasons.  Catholic News Agency had the opportunity to interview the Archbishop on the importance of Veritatis Splendor:  You’ve written that “the wisdom of Veritatis

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Bishop Conley Reflects on Land O’Lakes and Catholic Liberal Education

By Jon|July 21, 2017|Education, Higher Education|

Bishop Conley is the Bishop of Lincoln, Neb. A version of these remarks was offered at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s Regional Catholic Classical Schools Conference on July 5, 2017, in Denver, Colo. Fifty years ago this month, in July of 1967, a group Catholic university presidents and administrators met together at a retreat center in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, in Wisconsin’s northern forest, along the border with the upper peninsula

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Over-Intellectualization of the Catholic Faith

By Jon|June 28, 2017|Hermeneutic of Continuity/Reform of the Reform|

As someone who tends towards over-intellectualizing things, I’ve found that what Padre Peregrino says in this post, the Over-Intellectualization of the Catholic Faith, is true. Here is a relevant exerpted quote: “The challenge becomes more difficult because one of the peculiarities of the old rite is that it makes itself accessible only slowly—unless the uninitiated newcomer to this ancient pattern of worship is a religious genius. One has never ‘learned everything there

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North America’s Only Thomistic PhD Program is Under Threat of Closure (UPDATED)

By Jon|May 17, 2017|Personal|

Two years ago I posted that I would be leaving Chicago for Houston to attend this program. Now the broader university to which it belongs wants to close North America’s only center for Thomistic studies, basically because it wants to spend money elsewhere. Each year, fewer and fewer students are accepted – not because of lack of interest – but because funding is being repurposed. The school is moving in the direction that

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“Is Intelligence Impractical?” Fr. James Schall SJ

By Jon|March 1, 2017|Higher Education, ReasonBright (Topics in Philosophy)|

The well known and eminent scholar Fr. James V. Schall, American Jesuit Roman Catholic priest, teacher, writer and philosopher, spoke earlier this semester at the University of St. Thomas.  The talk was entitled, “Is Intelligence Impractical? – Reflections of a ‘Rigid’ Thomist,” and is well worth the hour of your time to listen. He also gave a lecture specifically for the Center for Thomistic Studies, available here. You will find an imperfect

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Latin Language Summer Programs 2017

By Jon|February 3, 2017|Language|

EUROPE June 6–12 Schola Latina Corcagiensis (Cork, Irland) June 10–July 16 Living Latin in Rome (Rome, Italy) June 26–August 20 Academia Vivarium Novum (Rome, Italy) July 2–16 Scholae Aestivae in Italia (Montella, Italy) July 3–7 Colloquia Latina IV (Barcelona, Spain) July 3–21 Polis Latin (Rome, Italy) July 7–13 L.V.P.A. Seminarium Latinum Monasteriense (Münster, Germany) July 4–8 Colloquia Barcinonensia (Barcelona, Spain) July 9–30 Villa Æstiva in Agris Mugellanis (Florence, Italy) July 17–30 Schola Aestiva Latinitatis vivae Posnaniensis (Poznan, Poland). July 17–22 Germanicum seminarium Ottiliense (Germany) July 20–August 26 5th Freising Latin Week (Freising, Germany) July

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Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book X

By Jon|January 26, 2017|Aristotle, Authors, My PhD Comprehensive Exam Experiment, Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, Titles of Works|

So far in the book, Aristotle has established that there is one end that we all share and are directed towards by our very being: happiness. Happiness is that for the sake of which all else is done: ie perfect and self sufficient. To determine what that is, much of his argumentation rested on The Physics, from which he presumes his students already understand why all individuals of the same class

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Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Book III

By Jon|January 23, 2017|Aristotle, Authors, My PhD Comprehensive Exam Experiment, Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, Titles of Works|

Chapter 1 – Since only voluntary actions receive praise or blame, how do they differ from involuntary actions? Compulsion – any case where the course of action lies in a thing outside agent and he contributes nothing. Various examples of mixed voluntary/involuntary: Tyrant holding parents hostage to get you to do something evil Ship is sinking so you throw valuable cargo overboard Murder your mother But when there is an agabilia

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