Oxford, Oratories, and Openness to Reality

It is well that there are palaces of peace And discipline and dreaming and desire, Lest we forget our heritage and cease The Spirit’s work—to hunger and aspire… – C.S. Lewis, “Oxford” Last week, I visited my friend Aurora who studies at Oxford. It was my first visit there and I was delighted that Aurora […]

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“Be not afraid!” -except of this…

Here’s a short paper I wrote for my class on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics: Throughout his entire pontificate, John Paul II proclaimed, “Be not afraid!” But, speaking to university students in Krakow, he exhorted them to be afraid of two things: thoughtlessness and pusillanimity.[1] Thoughtlessness is fairly commonsensical. Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the relationship between thoughtlessness […]

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