Category: 3 Profundities


3 Profundities (Two)

1. Advent, as we prepare our hearts for Our Lord’s coming, is a fitting time to ask ourselves if our hearts are soiled by any grudges or unforgiveness. For most of us, forgiveness is a challenge.

In addition to examining our consciences for any resentments, I would like to recommend the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which comes from the spirituality and diary of St. Faustina Kowalska. By praying this short and beautiful chaplet (ideally daily), we ask Jesus’ Mercy on our sins and those of our world — Mercy we are all in great need of!

Also, for some practical explanations and advice regarding resentments and forgiveness, I recommend a little inexpensive book I recently finished: From Resentment to Forgiveness.

2. Like many who attended college, I had to take an introductory philosophy course as part of my general education requirement. I took mine the first semester of my freshman year and soured on it from day one, when I bought the texts for the class. The photocopy packet the instructor had prepared included an article in which a philosopher granted, for the sake of argument, that the unborn child was a human person, but then went-on to justify legal abortion for any reason anyway. The rest of the course seemed to be an exercise in mental gymnastics to justify evil by obfuscation and odd language.

This experience left me with a disdain for philosophy, at least as it is practiced today. Over the years, though, I’ve begun to wonder if I dismissed a valuable area of study, given that one of the Church’s greatest saints, St. Thomas Aquinas, was a first-rate philosopher; also, one of my favorite Catholic authors/thinkers, Peter Kreeft, is a philosopher of Boston College (yes, an orthodox thinker at a Jesuit school!).

So, I’ve prepared an Amazon order with three introductory philosophy tomes to help me come to a classic understanding of the subject and learn how to better think: Kreeft’s Philosophy 101, an inexpensive anthology of Plato’s Dialogues put-out by Barnes & Noble, and Kreeft’s treatment of Pascal’s Pensees. We’ll see how it goes — or when I’m able to get to it!

3. As any parent knows, little children are great at holding mirrors up to adults’ faces. My eldest (now 3) was helping me start a load of laundry the other day. As we finished putting the clothes in, she remarked “This is where we put the clothes and then they stay here for a really long time!” Though she was pointing to the washer as she said this, I laughed at the realization that my toddler had learned from Mommy’s less-than-stellar laundry skills that clothes remain in the dryer and are not folded or put away for days sometimes! Mea culpa!

3 Profundities (One)

Here’s the first installment of 3 of my brief random thoughts: “3 Profundities” (the idea is shamelessly stolen from Jennifer at Conversion Diary). I hope that you will see that the term “profundity” is tongue-in-cheek! šŸ™‚

This is why it’s called “3 Profundities.”

1) As an only child, I was part of a family of 3. I loved to annoy my classmates by pointing-out that my family was just like the Holy Family, which implied a comparison of myself to Christ — charming, huh?! šŸ™‚ Furthermore, there are 3 Persons in the Trinity (God). I took my fascination with 3s to such an extreme that in high school, I would often take the third parking space from the (conservative) right in the first row of student parking.

2) The term “profundities” is a favorite of mine from college, where I called my primitive little Web page “Profundity Place.” It was even less profound than this blog, so its disappearance years ago was no great loss to anyone! Few even noticed when it vanished, including me (until months later).

3) Three briefs are easier to write than seven, especially when the baby is waking from a nap, a toddler is tantruming over nothing for the 13th time this hour, and a bad odor is wafting in from the third diaper-wearer in the living room. I guess we all know where I’m going now… šŸ™‚

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