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...
When a Daughter Gets Married

When a Daughter Gets Married

“When a festival goes as it should, men receive something that it is not in human power to give.” “In celebrating festivals festively, man passes beyond the barriers of this present life on earth.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity I think I...
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...
Why We Carry Out These Rites

Why We Carry Out These Rites

“No empty-headed Superstition, blind to the age-old gods, Imposed this ritual on us, and this feast, No… we carry out these rites, Renewed each year, as men saved from barbaric Dangers in the past.” Virgil, The Aeneid Thus speaks King...
If It Really Happened

If It Really Happened

“And therefore in the Christian celebration of Easter quite particularly an affirmation of the whole of existence is experienced and celebrated. No more rightful, more comprehensive and fundamental an affirmation can be conceived.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the...

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