Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Memorial of Saint Leo

The reading from the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great (Wisdom 7:22b-8:1).

For in [Wisdom] there is a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.

For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.

For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.

For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.

Though she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom.

For she is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.

(Text from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Blogs by First Things writers

Edwards Peters' In the Light of the Law. Peter Berger's Religion and Other Curiosities. Leroy Huizenga's blog. Patrick Deneen's What I Saw in America.

Aquinas amongst the analytics

An interview with John Haldane, a Thomist analytic philosopher who talks about the link between metaphysics and religious faith and the perspective of St. Thomas Aquinas. HT: First Thoughts.