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"
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"
Presentation to the Participants of the International Conference on Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology at the University of Paderborn, Germany February 13, 2016 There’s an anecdote about Hannah Arendt’s American students asking her in the 1960s if they ought to cooperate with labour unions in opposing the war in Vietnam. And Arendt replied, “Yes, because […]Read more "Taking Responsibility Personally"
On Ash Wednesday, I spent the day in the city of Cologne in Germany with my friend Christine. She and I stayed in the Cologne Downtown Hostel where we had this Cathedral view!Read more "Ash Wednesday in Cologne"
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. Thoughtlessness is fairly commonsensical. Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the relationship between thoughtlessness […]Read more "“Be not afraid!” -except of this…"