Joseph O'Brien 2 p.m., Dec. 14
Literary and Spiritual Excerpts
English lawyer and Catholic writer Charles Butler withdrew from public life to concentrate on redressing injustices
Charles Butler Mystical theology is defined to be an union of the soul with God—so intimate, that her essence is, in a manner, transformed into the essence of God, and, in consequence of it, she ...
Yang Xiong's The Fayan collects dialogues and aphorisms on a wide variety of philosophical questions
Yang Xiong As for the sage’s governance of all under Heaven, he uses li and music as the standard. If there were no li and music, then people would be the same as beasts. If ...
Known for his polemical works against anti-Catholic laws
Charles Plowden, SJ Ages succeed ages; empires subvert empires. But the empire of Jesus Christ perseveres ever one and the same, ever persecuted and ever conquering. Because all human revolutions are entirely subservient to it, ...
The Book of Rites is part of the core Confucian canon
The Book of Rites As ruling over all, under the sky, (the king) is called “The son of Heaven.” …His death is announced in the words, “The king by (the grace of) Heaven has fallen.” ...
"It is not necessary to ascend in spirit into Heaven, as if he resided nowhere else"
Joseph Reeve, SJ To enjoy the presence of God in the manner that is suited to our mortal state, it is not necessary to ascend in spirit into Heaven, as if he resided nowhere else. ...
And only society’s influence caused bad moral character
Mencius If a man love others, and no responsive attachment is shown to him, let him turn inwards and examine his own benevolence. If he is trying to rule others, and his government is unsuccessful, ...
An excerpt from God and the World by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A free-thinking view of Christianity
Where the Yin and Yang were out of balance
A change in the aura of the world
I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains
When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet. Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible ...
As easy as to look into his palm
The skillful carrying forward of their undertakings
“Thou art the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”
He is therefore happy
The credentials of that revelation should be tested
The servants of a Master
"Both... neither exists nor doesn’t exist after death"
"A communion of spiritual commerce"
A word on angels