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The human animal is the worshipping animal. Toward the divine, we have a need to pray, to sacrifice, to offer up, and to praise. From the spirit dances of primitive animism to the rational contemplation of philosophical paganism, from the ethical code of the rabbis to the theological vision of the scholastics, from the sprinkled blood (the origin of blessing) of temple cults to helping the poor in simple Christian charity, men need to relate the immanent and the transcendent -- they see their particular lives in time and space transfigured and transfused with meaning unbounded by human things. Religion is this aspect of human life where the everyday and worldly intersects with the ultimate and divine. Is this an accident of human evolution, or is it a racial neurosis brought upon us as conscious beings who live in the shadow of our own death? Is it a reflection of the divine order, where creatures naturally orient themselves toward their source? Has God revealed himself to us, as the Christians claim? In this realm, I shall try to delve into such questions as an Orthodox Christian who ever pesters God with "Why?"
Monday, April 27, A.D. 2015
Thomas Aquinas College Blue Book

Christ is risen!

I have not posted all month, but I hope that you are enjoying a blessed Eastertide.

Toward the end of Lent, I received a copy of Thomas Aquinas College’s founding document—better known as the Blue Book, published in A.D. 1969. I recommend it. I was surprised to see how prescient the college’s founders were, though I suppose that wise folks could even then see the direction of the larger culture and of Rome’s accommodation of heathen modernity. From the document’s beginning:

And if Catholic parents should find themselves unable to distinguish between the Catholic college and the secular institution, their confusion would not be without basis in the actual character of the emerging Catholic college itself. For, fundamentally, the explanation of the growing secularization of American Catholic higher education is doctrinal rather than economic. The willingness of a college to secularize itself in the hope of monetary gain presupposes that it already views its Catholicity as something that is subject to negotiation, which in turn presupposes that it has rejected the traditional doctrine that the essential purpose of a Catholic college is to educate under the light of the Faith. We find, in fact, that the most outspoken proponents of the secularization of the Catholic colleges are not arguing about economic considerations but are attacking the very idea of a college that educates under the light of the Faith. We find, further, that Catholic college graduates, students and professors are, by and large, unable and unwilling to resist these attacks. Indeed, the most virulent attacks now being made on Catholic education — as well as on the Church itself — emanate from some of these graduates, students, and professors. That this should happen points to a grave deficiency in Catholic education; institutions whose essential purpose is to combine Catholic wisdom and secular learning have given birth to a generation of teachers and learners who in large part reject such a purpose as irrelevant or contradictory. Inescapable is the realization that the Catholic college has not been true to its purpose.

I graduated from a Jesuit university where the Jesuits themselves led such secularization. The betrayal and sacrilege of Ignatius’ successors should pain every Christian heart. What they have marred! It is horrible to consider. Small enclaves of sanity like Thomas Aquinas College appear to me like men trying to save a sinking ship by pouring out the inflowing seawater with Dixie cups. However, the Lord accomplishes mighty deeds even with insignificant, unworthy tools.

Posted by Joseph on Monday, April 27, Anno Domini 2015
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