Bonaventure, Scotus, Newman

This lengthy passage is taken from The Newman-Scotus Reader, contained in the essay titled, Scotus and Newman in Dialogue by Peter Damian Fehlner: "Frequent reference in this conference to theological-metaphysical views of St. Bonaventure as a basis for understanding those of Scotus and the many parallel patterns of thought in Scotus and Newman, obviously implies … Continue reading Bonaventure, Scotus, Newman

The Franciscan Thesis & St. Francis de Sales

Saint Anselm once asked the question, Cur Deus Homo? Why the God-man? The Franciscan thesis on this matter, systematically articulated by Bl. John Duns Scotus, is that the Incarnate Christ, the God-man would have taken place in salvific history with or without sin the sin of Adam. That is, the Incarnation is not contingent upon … Continue reading The Franciscan Thesis & St. Francis de Sales

Marian Metaphysics

"This invocation may serve as the introduction and conclusion of this study: Mary is the Mother of Faith, and therefore the Magistra theologia par excellence, the model and guide and final support of all who study or teach about God. Without her love and active involvement in our lives, and a corresponding love and unconditional … Continue reading Marian Metaphysics

Finding Your Catholic Voice: The Franciscan Turn

“The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition is a philosophical and theological expression of understanding the Catholic faith. As a philosophy and theology, this tradition is one of several major interpretations of this faith. In the history of the western Catholic Church, two other major traditions have enriched the Catholic faith: the Dominican Intellectual Tradition, centered on the … Continue reading Finding Your Catholic Voice: The Franciscan Turn

St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

“The eternal law is the ultimate rule or measure of all human activity. Augustine identifies the eternal law with God’s wisdom. He writes: ‘That law which is named supreme wisdom cannot be otherwise understood than as unchangeable and eternal.’ This identification of the eternal law with divine wisdom and thus with the divine mind has … Continue reading St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

St. Bonaventure: Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as … Continue reading St. Bonaventure: Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

Philosophy as Prayer & Praxis – St. Bonaventure

The Journey of the Soul into God Prologue In the beginning I call up that First Beginning from whom all illumination flows as from the God of lights, and from whom comes every good and perfect gift. I call upon the eternal Father through the divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that through the intercession … Continue reading Philosophy as Prayer & Praxis – St. Bonaventure

St. Francis of Assisi: Praises to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise the holy Lady, The most holy Queen, Mary, only Mother of God. She is forever Virgin, Heavenly chosen of the Father, And consecrated by the beloved Son with the Holy Ghost the Paraclete. They three descended in you, And remaining there still, For grace's fullness and every goodness. Praise God's Palace Praise God's Tabernacle … Continue reading St. Francis of Assisi: Praises to the Blessed Virgin Mary

What Then of William of Ockham?

“What then of Ockham? He supposes that the conservation of all things in being shows that a first efficient cause exists, but he does not consider that the demonstration from efficient causality works. For Ockham, it is possible that in a multitude of things, there are enough sources of actualization that one transcendent ‘first mover’ … Continue reading What Then of William of Ockham?