Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit

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Fulvio Di Blasi

In Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit, Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi explains difficult ethical concepts and arguments from Thomas Aquinas and his Ancient Greek predecessors, making them accessible even to readers with no previous background in philosophy. All the while, the author makes the topic engaging by demonstrating the relevance of ancient and medieval insights to contemporary … Continue reading Recommended Book of the Week

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Frank Sheed Theology and Sanity

Theology and Sanity

Frank Sheed

In Theology and Sanity, Frank Sheed explains the basics of Catholic Theology as it relates to the three major areas of God, Creation, and Self. His clarity of exposition shines forth especially in Chapter 6, in which he demonstrates the consistency of trinitarian theology by relying on the concepts of classical philosophy. “Vatican II issued an … Continue reading Theology and Sanity

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Peter Kreeft Back to Virtue

Back to Virtue, Peter Kreeft

Peter Kreeft

“We have reduced all virtues to one: being nice. And, we measure Jesus by our standard instead of measuring our standard by Him.” For the Christian, explains author Peter Kreeft, being virtuous is not a means to the end of pleasure, comfort and happiness. Virtue, he reminds us, is a word that means “manly strength.” … Continue reading Back to Virtue, Peter Kreeft

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St. Ignatius of Loyola A Pilgrim's Journey

A Pilgrim’s Journey: The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola

In St. Ignatius’ autobiography, A Pilgrim’s Journey, the author recalls the story of his dramatic conversion from glory-obsessed young aristocrat to mendicant pilgrim of Christ. We are left with a profoundly inspiring testimony of the transformative power of the Holy Spirit that, at the same time, reveals the circumstances that led to the saint’s perennial spiritual discoveries. “Saint Ignatius … Continue reading A Pilgrim’s Journey: The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola

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Summa Contra Gentiles Thomas Aquinas Book 1

Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1: God

By Saint Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas’ career was always guided by the confidence that Catholic Christianity can guide philosophical reasoning, allowing us to take the insights of the Ancient Greeks and the Arabs to new levels of rational discovery. The Summa Contra Gentiles is in many ways more detailed and rigorous than St. Thomas’ most famous work, the … Continue reading Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1: God

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Richard II Shakespeare

Richard III

By William Shakespeare

“Richard II” recounts the power struggle between King Richard II and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Although Richard is handsome and dignified in demeanor, he chooses his courtiers unwisely, spends his money wastefully, and even raises taxes to fund a series of meaningless wars. He develops a reputation for tyranny, exiling Henry Bolingbroke on a whim … Continue reading Richard III

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Augustine De Trinitate

De Trinitate

By Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine’s “De Trinitate” is a monumental work of Trinitarian Theology. In books 1-7, Augustine argues that the Nicene Creed is thoroughly rooted in scripture, contrary to the opinion of those who argue that it is not. Then he provides his famous psychological model of the Trinity. The Trinity is understood on analogy to a man loving … Continue reading De Trinitate

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Josef Pieper Leisure

Leisure: The Basis of Culture

By Josef Pieper

Josef Pieper’s “Leisure: the Basis of Culture” is a classic of 20th century ethics. What separates us from machines is that, unlike machines, we are not meant merely to produce. We are meant to seek the deep truths of our existence, and our labor must always be done in the context of this quest. Pieper explains … Continue reading Leisure: The Basis of Culture

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Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics

Nicomachean Ethics

By Aristotle

The “Nicomachean Ethics” is arguably the most important ethical treatise in the Western tradition. In this text, Aristotle argues that what is good for human beings is determined by our nature. We are by nature rational animals and our good is a rational good; to flourish is to live a life of practical rationality and contemplation … Continue reading Nicomachean Ethics

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The “Apology” (of Socrates) is the most famous dialogue written by Plato. It is one of the main historical sources of Socrates’ life and thought because, as is well known, Socrates has never written anything. The dialogue tells the story of the trial to Socrates and his condemnation to death. Socrates was accused of moral corruption … Continue reading Apology

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