Dinner with Socrates, No. 7 ~ What is Dogma For?

Reading: “Dogma: What is it?” by James V. Schall, S. J. Overview: Father Schall is a contemporary, Catholic, political philosopher who is well known for his popular essays.  These often appear in journals like Crisis, The Catholic Thing, and The Imaginative Conservative (all worth reading for their other authors, as well).  He is a Jesuit, …

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Dinner with Socrates, No. 6 ~ What is Death?

Reading:  Hamlet by William Shakespeare Overview: Shakespeare needs little introduction.  “The Bard,” as we sometimes call him, stands at the fore of the first rank of writers of drama and poetry in English, at least.   It is difficult to compare literature from different languages without a deep fluency in the languages …

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Virtue Guide, No. 2 ~ Purification from Sin

If we are to be virtuous, we need divine assistance.  God’s grace dignifies the virtue of man.  The Catechism states, “Human virtues acquired by education, by deliberate acts and by a perseverance ever-renewed in repeated efforts are purified and elevated by divine grace.  With God’s help, they forge character and …

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Dinner with Socrates, No. 4 ~ Is Your Imagination Fantastic?

Reading:  “The Fantastic Imagination” by George MacDonald Overview: Many of us are introduced to George MacDonald by C. S. Lewis, who found in him a spiritual teacher, as well as, in considering his literary achievements, a master myth maker.  For more on just what Lewis says of MacDonald you should …

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Dinner with Socrates, No. 3 ~ What’s Your Purpose, Kid?

Reading:  The Aesop for Children, with Pictures by Milo Winters Rand McNally, 1919. Overview: Like Homer, very little is known about Aesop.  The historian Herodotus mentions that “Aesop the fable-writer” was a slave of a Samian, who was supposed to have won his freedom and taken up a position as adviser …

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