Giving Good Things

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11 St. Paul tells us that “all paternity in heaven and earth is named” after “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”Continue reading “Giving Good Things”

Fighting for Peace

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 As Father Kirby reminds us, St. Augustine defined peace as the “tranquility of order.” In its proper place, including right relations with other creatures, every being is good. Only the disorder produced by ripping a thing out of its properContinue reading “Fighting for Peace”

Purifying Practice

In his most famous work, Leisure, the Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper famously contends that the modern elevation of work over contemplation cuts us off from the meaning of our existence. If allowed to fester any further, he warns, this tendency will transform Western liberal democracy into a realm of “total work” analogous to theContinue reading “Purifying Practice”

Obtaining Mercy

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 As Fr. Kirby notes, “many contemporary views falsely define mercy as a clean slate without accountability or consequences.” Were this true, mercy would constitute a violation of justice, and one or the other would cease being a virtue. Since justice and mercy are inContinue reading “Obtaining Mercy”

Thankworthy Suffering

Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, Not only to the good and gentle, But also to the perverse. For this is thankworthy: If for conscience toward God, A man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully. 1 Peter 2:17-19 St. Peter’s teaching that thoseContinue reading “Thankworthy Suffering”

The Proper Attitude of Man

The good is that which is in accord with objective reality. An insight into the nature of the good makes certain attitudes impossible. It makes impossible the attitude of always referring to oneself and to the judgment of one’s conscience. The man who wishes to realize the good does not look upon his own act,Continue reading “The Proper Attitude of Man”

Music and Mercy

Eric Genuis is a contemporary composer. Hailing from Canada, and living in Kentucky, he describes his music as “classical in form, but with a modern feel.” Judging by the notes included with this fine album, Genuis is fascinated by the Socratic notion that music is capable of ordering the passions, in accordance with reason, towardContinue reading “Music and Mercy”

The Evil Eye of Envy

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil because I am good? Matthew 20:15 Certain laborers have been laboring in vineyard since “early in the morning.” Having “borne the burden of the day and the heats,” they justly feel they have earned the penny that was promised them.Continue reading “The Evil Eye of Envy”