The editors of Communio are pleased to announce the inauguration of a new series entitled Why We Need . . . The three dots stand for the names of philosophers, poets, scientists, painters, musicians, theologians, and others whom we think Catholics today ought to—need to—know or know better. . .
The editors of Communio are pleased to announce the inauguration of a new series entitled Why We Need . . .
Why We Need
“If the poet thus stands ‘before the Cross,’ as the title of one of his books has it, the mystery upon which he meditates is not just one possibility of many, but is in fact the sole mystery that allows him to celebrate the universe in its totality, which means the mystery that allows him truly to be a poet, as Claudel understands the vocation.”
“It is not just Dawson’s ideas about culture in general, and Christian culture in particular, that continue to be fertile, but his ideas about how specifically the West was formed.”
Thinking Love at the Heart of Things The Metaphysics of Being as Love in the Work of Ferdinand UlrichStefan Oster
“Ulrich has developed a philosophy that is perhaps better equipped than any other to mediate between the parties in the strained relation between philosophy and theology, reason and faith.”
"Blondel saw that it was necessary in philosophy to raise the question of a supernatural religion, even if it cannot be answered within the scope of philosophy or of reason alone."
"The science of the Cross involves the subject to the point of its own annihilation and abandonment into the meaning of being. The paradox is that this abandonment represents a foundation for knowledge."
“With his eye turned firmly outward and upward—to the world and to God—Patmore’s writing reveals a keen perception of the infinite disclosed in every single finite creature.”
Why We Need Erich PrzywaraPhilip Gonzales
“Life, for Przywara, becomes a doxological act of service where God’s unsurpassable glory is sought and served in all things.”
Why We Need Nicholas of CusaHans Urs von Balthasar
Why We Need
Why We Need Julian of NorwichJeremiah Barker
“The act of yielding up his ‘Adamly’ soul is the human realization of the Son’s eternally eager readiness to do that which the Father wills.”
“Our crisis is one in which liturgy is no longer the source of our vision, theology is alienated from life, and piety is fed by soft sentimentalism.”