Existential Alphabet

Wrote this several years ago and was reminded of it today:  Existential Alphabet A is for Angst, that Dizzying Freedom B is for Being, its Possibility and its Tedium C is for the Character of Conscience as Call D is for Dasein, almost Any Existence at All E is for Existential, it’s What We Are  And EContinue reading “Existential Alphabet”

Book: The Personalism of John Paul II

One of my very favourite organizations, the Hildebrand Project, has just released this little book titled The Personalism of John Paul II. I read it today and here’s the brief review I wrote of it on Amazon:

Cancelled? Postponed? Deferred? Adapted?

On March 10th, this article was published in The Atlantic titled “Cancel Everything.” Eventually there were more and more lists of things that were cancelled and emails upon emails announcing cancellations. But then, came the many euphemisms in an attempt to disguise the reality of just how much our plans needed to change and justContinue reading “Cancelled? Postponed? Deferred? Adapted?”

Establishing our existences

My 2019 journal begins with this quotation by Karl Jaspers:  The truly real takes place almost unnoticed, and is, to begin with, lonely and dispersed. . . . Those among our young people who, thirty years hence, will do the things that matter, are, in all probability, now quietly biding their time; and yet, unseenContinue reading “Establishing our existences”

What man knows ten thousand faces?

This past weekend, one of my best friends suggested that now is a good time to think about Albert Camus’ book The Plague. Since I hadn’t read it before and given the 1947 novel was likely to be particularly resonant now, I spent the weekend reading it. It’s remarkable how relatable the book is toContinue reading “What man knows ten thousand faces?”

Reading: “I Want You to Be”

One of my favourite spiritual writers and the recipient of the 2014 Templeton Prize is Czech priest and philosopher Tomáš Halík. His previous books have such evocative titles as: Patience with God: The Story of Zacchaeus Continuing In Us and Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty.