Category Archives: Mysticism

Fredrick Law Olmstead: Unity Between Landscape, Social Order & Personality Development

The recognized indissoluble unity between geography and personality development is well attested to throughout the West.  The arrival of positivism in the late 17th century created a methodology (the scientific method) that sought to impose on reality the constraints of … Continue reading

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Holy Ignorance

How can one study the failure that is political Islam and Protestantism?  The former dwells on an archaic vision that simply cannot address contemporary issues while the latter remains permanently entangled in the cultural morass of exalted personal autonomy.  For … Continue reading

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Shariah: Threat To America

The C.I.A. has developed a competitive threat analysis team to examine policy analysis regarding Islamic terrorism.  This past September the CIA released its report titled ‘Sharia:  Threat To America’.  This 177 page report is lethal in its realism regarding the … Continue reading

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Rocco Buttiglione: The Work That Was John Paul The Great

It is simply not possible to speak of greatness without referring to Karol Wojtyla (pronounced Why-tee-wah), otherwise known as John Paul II.  No other person than Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of politics, social ethics and economics at the International Academy for … Continue reading

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Rawanda, Catholic Prayer, Healing Memories: Immaculee Ilibagiza

Not to long ago a great friend called me to see if I’d go and hear a lecture from a writer who published an account of being held by Hutu opposition in Rawanda during the genocidal slaughter.  I simply was … Continue reading

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Made In Likeness, Image Of God: Imago Dei Doctrine

Those familiar with their Catholic school upbringing are familiar with the concept of ‘divine image’ that is found in Genesis.  Most teachers can’t sufficiently explicate how one is to recognize such an image, for most instructors have not studied patristics … Continue reading

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How To Discern Gay Marriage

According to many State laws one has a right to marry; more properly understood as a dispensation given from the State for the purpose of fulfilling one’s humanity.  The language of such courts is very significant, for it reduces the … Continue reading

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How Ancient Greco-Romans Viewed Transcendence

Plato not only revered the arts but also feared them with equal regard for the tenacity to both pursue and persuade.  It remained for him alone to find and hold the defining view of transcendence until the arrival of the … Continue reading

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Why We Need A Magisterium

To resolve irreconcilable points of interest within various cultures requires an adherence to a Tradition that speaks to and conforms the inviolability of conscience.  This is the mandate, grounded in nature, embodied in liberty, for the need for authority. Many … Continue reading

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The Domestic Challenge Facing The West

Just what exactly is a culture war? It’s about competing forms of authority, and how they inform and shape human freedom. Today that war is waged within the once sacred, confined domain of the family, sexual ethics, law, technology, even … Continue reading

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