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. 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

Saint Bonaventure on the Source of Sacred Scripture

“Scripture does not take its starting point in human inquiry; rather it flows from divine revelation, coming down from the Father of lights (Jas 1:17), from whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth receives its name. It is from him, through his Son, Jesus Christ, that the Holy Spirit flows also into us. It … Continue reading Saint Bonaventure on the Source of Sacred Scripture

The Primacy of Christ

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all … Continue reading The Primacy of Christ

Apologetic Method & Intellectual Neutrality

Over the years I have grown skeptical of claims stating that there exists a completely neutral methodology when inquiring into any field of thought. We can strive to be as objective as we possibly can, but at the end of the day there will never be a purely neutral framework from which we do our … Continue reading Apologetic Method & Intellectual Neutrality