A Bright Lesson from Christmas Depression

A Bright Lesson from Christmas Depression

“But a natural desire cannot be in vain.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT WRITTEN REFLECTION For those of us with some length of life experience, Christmas comes to be associated with suffering—whether our own or that of others we know....
A Virtue for the Holy Days

A Virtue for the Holy Days

“Now we have said generally that the man with this virtue will associate with people in the right way [in gatherings and in social life]; but it is by reference to what is honorable and expedient that he will aim at not giving pain or at contributing pleasure. For he...
Post Christmas Blues?

Post Christmas Blues?

“Origen contended that the naming of specific holy days was done only for the sake of the ‘unitiated’ and ‘beginners’ who were not yet capable of celebrating the ‘eternal festival’.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity I always find...
Learning How to Have a Good Time Together

Learning How to Have a Good Time Together

“What is a good time? Does anything of the sort exist?” Josef Pieper “The trick is not to arrange a festival, but to find people who can enjoy it.” Friedrich Nietzsche The time we spend with loved ones during Christmastide can be downright discouraging. People get...
Remembering Deceased Loved Ones at Christmas

Remembering Deceased Loved Ones at Christmas

“I recall now two of my friends, who although no longer among the living are still alive for me and always will be.” Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship People die. This is one of the thorniest problems in the philosophy of friendship, as in the philosophy of...

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