“Ave Crux, Spes Unica. [Hail Cross, our only hope.] The world is in flames. The conflagration can also reach our house. But high above all the flames towers the cross. They cannot consume it. It is the path from earth to heaven. It will lift one who embraces it in faith and hope.” – St. Edith SteinRead more "The Way of Suffering Nations "
Was Edith Stein a Jewish martyr? A Catholic martyr? Both? Neither? Read more…Read more "Taking Edith Stein’s Jewishness seriously in her example to Catholics"
The pilgrimage, called Holy Land Dialogues, was an inaugural event of the Saxum Project, which includes “a conference centre in which spiritual retreats, workshops, and conferences will be organized, and a Visitors Centre where pilgrims will be able to deepen their knowledge about the places they visit in the Holy Land.”Read more "Ten Holy Land Highlights"
Over the summer, after terrorists murdered Father Jacques, the Archbishop who celebrated the requiem Mass said in his homily: “The death of Jacques Hamel summons me to a frank ‘yes,’— no, not a tepid yes — a ‘yes’ to life, as the ‘yes’ of Jacques to his ordination. Is it possible?”Read more "Festivity and Freedom: Josef Pieper and Joseph Ratzinger"
It so happened that, just days before leaving to participate in a Charles University Spring University Programme on the topic “World on the move – and Europe? Migration, Identity, Security,” I came upon a passage in one of Edith Stein/St. Teresa Benedicta a Cruce’s letters about the city that I was preparing to visit. In a letter dated […]Read more "Prague: “The city makes such a majestic impression”"
Recently my professor, Father Andrzej Szostek, delivered a lecture on Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II’s personal, philosophical, papal, and political resistance to communism.Read more "Student of John Paul II speaks on the pope’s resistance to communism"
One of the especially delightful aspects of studying in a small program at the Catholic University of Lublin is the opportunity to combine philosophy classes with taking excursions to Polish villages.Read more "Philosophy in cafes and forests"
This weekend I visited Krakow with my friend Christine. Among the most noteworthy places in the city are Wawel Castle and Cathedral. In this place, many Polish monarchs are buried, but foremost in the cathedral is the tomb of someone honoured principally for the nobility of his death as a martyr. Stanislaus of Szczepanów or, Stanislaus […]Read more "Noble Lives – Saint Stanislaus"
This afternoon I asked my new friend Dominika to read a poem by Polish poet Cyprian Norwid. I first learned about this Polish poet through coming across quotations of his in some short works of John Paul II, including his Letter to Artists and A Meditation on Givenness.Read more "Noble Lives – Cyprian Norwid"
The new semester is off to an excellent start. On Mondays, we have a three-hour class called Main Problems and Methods of Philosophy. The class is divided into three sections: First we are quizzed on the assigned reading with a question or two to which we give short responses to demonstrate what we understand and […]Read more "My first week of classes this semester in Poland"