Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

“Courage: in all circumstances the ability to judge rightly about the nature and extent of dangers.” “For instance, when Homer makes Odysseus strike himself on the chest, and ‘call his heart to order,’ saying: ‘Prudence my heart, you have put up with fouler than...
Might vs. Valor

Might vs. Valor

Phalinus, messenger from Persian King Artaxerxes, demands that the Persians (who had fought with Cyrus, now dead, against Artaxerxes) put down their arms. Xenophon responds: “Phalinus, at this moment, as you see for yourself, we have no other possessions save arms and...
Like a Good Shoemaker

Like a Good Shoemaker

“For the man who is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances of life becomingly and always makes the best of circumstances…as a good shoemaker makes the best shoes out of the hides that are given him, and so with all other craftsmen.” Aristotle,...
A Patriotism to Cultivate

A Patriotism to Cultivate

“For even if the end is the same for a single man and for a state, that of the state seems at all events something greater and more complete whether to attain or to preserve; though it is worthwhile to attain the end merely for one man, it is finer and more godlike to...
The Theologian and the Philosopher

The Theologian and the Philosopher

“So those who use the works of philosophers in sacred doctrine, by bringing them into the service of faith, do not mix water with wine, but rather change water into wine.” – St. Thomas Aquinas “The scanty conceptions to which we can attain of celestial things...
Acquainted with Grief

Acquainted with Grief

“He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Handel’s Messiah, Air from Part II, quoting Isaiah 53 Being acquainted with grief does not fit the season. Or so it might seem. Last Sunday I was in the third row...

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