Mariology and Matthias Scheeben August 12, 2018 13:57

Scheeben’s genius lies in the formal union of the mystery of the Church with the mystery of Mary as a matter of dogmatics. While others had tried to locate Mary’s significance primarily in her conciliar title of theotokos or in the exegetical image of the New Eve, Scheeben attempted to unite these two formally in a “bridal motherhood.”

Anselm of Canterbury April 21, 2016 09:46

Anselm - Cur Deus Homo (Book)A new book, just in time for the traditional Feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury: A small, affordable edition of Anselm's famous Cur Deus Homo, a meditation on the Incarnation and the coherence of the Cross. This modern translation, by professor of medieval philosophy Jasper Hopkins, is a pleasure to read.

Anselm writes to show "unbelievers" (very likely Jewish thinkers) that the Incarnation and the Cross are neither incoherent nor unbefitting of God: God lived and died as a human in order to pay the debt of justice and obedience that humankind owed by its very nature, but which humankind had not and could not pay being burdened with past sins and already owing all future obedience.This argument, in its essence, is one not of suffering but of self-offering love.

Anselm wishes to show that, in a contingent way, they might even be thought of as "necessary." He does not claim that God operates under such a necessity, but that within the order of things that God has established, and which even the "unbeliever" could agree to, the Incarnation and the Cross have their fitting and compelling place. For Anselm, this sort of reasoned argument was itself an exercise in prayer. He passed to his reward 907 years ago today.

Newman and the Presentation of the Lord February 02, 2016 15:41

On this date, in 1843, Newman preached his famous sermon on the development of Christian doctrine at St. Mary's Church in Oxford. At the time Newman was an Anglican clergyman and a fellow at Oriel college, but he would later be received into the Roman Catholic Church where, in recognition of his considerable spiritual and intellectual contributions, he would become a Cardinal at the behest of Pope Leo XIII. Newman's groundbreaking sermon is available in Ex Fontibus's edition of Newman's Oxford University Sermons.

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