Lust—The Second Circle of Hell

“O race of men, born to fly heavenward, how can a breath of wind make you fall back?”[1] The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio Canto XII, lines 95-96 In his Confessions, Augustine reflects upon the disorder[2] of his love, manifested through his intense lust. He had said to the Lord in the midst of his lust, “‘Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.’ I was afraid … Continue reading Lust—The Second Circle of Hell

2nd Grade Wonder

“Numbers have no beginning or end. Numbers are kind of like God. I just realized that.” From the mouth of babes. These are the words that make a classical-educator-dad proud. This is what my 2nd grade son tells me on the way to school the other day. A couple minutes later, he spouts off another timeless question: “Numbers greater than zero are positive. Numbers less … Continue reading 2nd Grade Wonder

The Adulteress: Guarding Your Students From Her Destruction

“O race of men, born to fly heavenward, how can a breath of wind make you fall back?” The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio Canto XII, lines 95-96 The above lines reiterate the oft-repeated and self-incriminating truth that the heart of man is corrupt, quickly returning to the entanglements of sin (Heb. 12.1). The greatest enemies of man are the sin planted deep in their hearts (Jer. … Continue reading The Adulteress: Guarding Your Students From Her Destruction

The Comic Christ—Our Audacity of Hope

  It’s common knowledge that what we know of as comedy today is derived from the works of the ancient comic playwright, Aristophanes… Ok, perhaps it’s not common knowledge… Anyway, what we know of as comedy today is derived from the works of the ancient comic playwright, Aristophanes. A contemporary of Socrates (and partially to blame for Socrates’ execution), Aristophanes blazed the trail for the … Continue reading The Comic Christ—Our Audacity of Hope

FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION: INCARNATIONAL CONTEXTUALIZATION

Fracture. When has the word “fracture” been used in a way that we might call a “positive usage”? Indeed, it seems impossible to think of a circumstance in which we refer to something that has been “fractured” as a good thing. Even the word “shattered” can be conceived of in a positive context—as in a pot is shattered by the potter, so that it might … Continue reading FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION: INCARNATIONAL CONTEXTUALIZATION

Oh to Christ, the Eternal Eros!

How can we do justice to the Love of Christ? What words can describe the simplicity, the power, the magnanimity of the One True Love? Is His love of the mind only? Certainly not! Is his love thumatic alone? By no means! The Love of Christ subsumes the Mind and the Heart! But what of our appetite? Will our appetite for Christ endure forever or … Continue reading Oh to Christ, the Eternal Eros!