Don Bosco and his Prophecy of the Two Columns

Today, January 31, is the feast day of St. John Bosco. He is known for fouding an organization dedicated to serving the poor youth of Italy. He was like a father to them, and so they called him Don Bosco, basically Father Bosco (Don means Father in Italian). (Video below, links at the end of this post.)

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Next post on the soul due sometime this weekend

If I ever get this email list stuff squared away, I can get back to writing the next post in the weekly series on the soul.

(Update, Jan 30, 2020: Change of the email service is on hold while I research some things. so the regular sign up form is back in the sidebar. Fascinating, huh?)

I’m in the middle of changing my email list service,* so the next post in the soul series will be out sometime this weekend instead of Thursday night, my usual target. (And I did say: target.) I have to physically go take care of things that I can’t take care of online. (What?! Why?! I can’t even!) I tried for hours to do online what I apparently can’t do, so I give up and will submit to having to venture out into the world instead. Also, you may notice that I’ve temporarily removed the email sign up form from the sidebar while I get things switched over. (This post may not even be sent out via email, you may only see it here on the blog.)

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Memorial of St Thomas Aquinas, Angelic Doctor

Not only was St. Thomas Aquinas a great thinker, philosopher and theologian, he was a devout and faithful Catholic, practicing charity and compassion, keeping almost nothing for himself, generously giving away what he had. Thimk of him as the Saint of Faith and Reason. He also wrote some beautiful hymns, such as the Adoro Te Devote. (Video below.)

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March for Life DC 2020, I'm with you in spirit

A fraction of the crowd at the March for Life in DC

I can’t be there today for the March for Life DC 2020, but I was there with the MASSIVE CROWD in 2010. Miss Abby Dawg (of beloved memory) was there with me, too, but she was all snuggledy-cozy in the comfort of a pet hotel, eating snacks and getting cuddles, while I was freezing in the cold, damp northern air. (And realizing that I’m really not young any more, my sarcoidosis making it more difficult than ever to cling to any illusions I may have had otherwise. I used to love cold air when I lived in NH. Now, not so much.)

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Weekly series on the soul continues, Vision of the Soul

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Welcome back to the weekly series on the soul. Earlier posts focused on Dom Wiesinger’s Occult Phenomena in the Light of Theology. Have I mastered that text? Nope. Studying that one will be ongoing. I’ve been searching for another text for us to use and this morning the perfect text dropped right into my mailbox. Well, a link to a podcast landed in my email inbox: the Catholic Culture Podcast hosted by Thomas Mirus. And the email title that caught my eye was, “Reclaiming the vision of the West” in which Mirus interviews author James Matthew Wilson, author of The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition. Aha! said I, this is exactly what I needed for the blog.

The devastation rationalism has wrought on modernity has yet to be calculated, because it is the air we breathe, often regardless of our professed beliefs.

From the description for the Catholic Culture Podcast, episode 61.

I won’t be able to post copious amounts of this one since it’s not in the public domain, but I have found articles by the author, reviews of the book, along with audio and video interviews as well as talks he’s given. The video (below) contains so much to think about that I’m keeping this post brief so we can get right to it. Links and notes are at the end of this post.

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