Ten Holy Land Highlights

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.”

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Noble Lives – Saint Stanislaus

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 […]

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Taking Responsibility Personally

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 […]

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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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