Damien the Leper: John Farrow & Richard Stewart

This is my summary and reflection upon the life of Fr. Damien based upon the biographies Damien the Leper by John Farrow and Leper Priest of Molokai by Richard Stewart. Joseph De Veuster grew up listening to stories about the lives of the saints, also called hagiography. St. Damien was a healer, and a martyr, of … More Damien the Leper: John Farrow & Richard Stewart

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Hell on Earth

Montag lives in something approaching Hell on earth, complete with a spiritual fire corresponding to the strange and otherworldly fires of Hell. He grins from the delight of burning books as a “fireman” on the very first page. This world is the product of a modern mind. Literature has great power to highlight morality or … More Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Hell on Earth

Ideology and Literature

What is ideology? An ideology is an “-ism,” a system of human thought, something claimed by its adherents (followers) to be able to bring about Utopia or “heaven on earth.” These ideologies are not religions; they do not include God or the “divine.” This separates ideology from the religions, the traditional world-views to be found … More Ideology and Literature

Why study Latin?

One studies Latin for various reasons. Over one half of English words are derivatives of Latin ones: they come from Latin words. Take the Latin word for earth, terra. From it come the English words terrestrial, territory, terraform, subterranean, and terrarium. The other practical reason is that Latin helps one to learn grammar; it is … More Why study Latin?

Hymnus Ad Temoriam

Sancti Patricii Hymnus ad Temoriam. (Lorica Sancti Patricii) Ad Temoriam[1] hodie potentiam praepollentem invoco Trinitatis, Credo in Trinitatem sub unitate numinis elementorum. At Temoria today I invoke the excellent power of the Trinity, I believe in the Trinity underpinning the unity of the power of the elements.[i] Apud Temoriam hodie virtutem nativitatis Christi cum ea … More Hymnus Ad Temoriam