"It belongs to the perfection of a being to be itself the author of its own good." Rosmini
Ecumenism requires common origins and ends.
instrumental powers of presence
Jn 15:12 as combining love of God and love of neighbor
using X as X
(1) proper use of X (wearing shoes)
(2) less proper use of X, taking into account its being X (selling shoes)
(2a) subordinated to proper use (selling shoes so that people might have shoes)
(2b) unsubordinated (selling shoes just to make money)
It is a curious distortion of our society that 'educating the young to be useful to society' does not include educating them to be proper mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, neighbors, compatriots and co-religionists, despite the fact that these are the kinds of roles that are actually useful to society.
John 3 & baptism // John 6 & eucharist
Jn 6:30-58 Christ as mediator most fully expressed in eucharist
The sacraments truly teach what pertains to salvation, and all that is in them teaches what pertains to salvation in a way we need to learn and know it.
Leech's tact, generosity, and approbation maxims would prob. be better not referring to beliefs.
Each sacrament is a sign of Christ's Resurrection as well as His Passion.
In the liturgy we imitate heaven and are purified in soul; we learn within it the story of Christ, which is the story of our salvation from sin, and study the mind of Christ in His teaching, given through the Church, which is reflected and expressed in discourse, song, and visual sign.
the necessary circulation, East to West to East, of sacred doctrine
the importance of remembering Greek West and Latin East
(1) The elements must change to Body and Blood
(2) but so as to become that very Body and Blood, not another
(3) and yet also to be still a sacrament, i.e., a sign or figure
(4) and to maintain the causal properties of the original elements (although others, of course, are added)
"A wise being, when intending to produce a given effect, will choose for that production the least cause possible." Rosmini
"The Law of the Least Action, then, is a law belonging solely to intelligence; yet it is found invariably maintained in all the real beings forming the universe. Consequently, the universe is directed and governed by an intelligence." Rosmini
NB that Rosmini derives Newton's first two rules from the principle of least means
temperance and the law of least means
To know the general as such is to know its potential for all of the specific for which it is general.
Situation epistemologies in general seem to imply that an adequate epistemic logic will be hybrid -- the epistemic operators are themselves modalized by operators introducing situational information -- or, perhaps, the standard epistemic operators are analyzed into more primitive situation-based modalities.
faith as a germinant principle of society
bishops as caretakers of the sacramental common good
bishop as check and balance to bishop
Augustine on development of doctrine De Bap contra Don 4
A genus is not a species vaguely grasped -- a species vaguely grasped is just the species.
Representing a genus properly requires creating a classification system.
lives of truth, victory, and joy
Mary as type of all faithful in Luke-Acts (Nativity to Pentecost)
NB Several pandects of the Peshitta group Ruth, Susanna, Esther, and Judith together.
diplomatic text, majority text, and critical text approaches to traditions
aridity as rooted in evasion in confession (not necessarily culpable or intentional evasion)
the Metropolitan system as stabilizing consecration
"the Episcopate is one, and is a collective office exercised by individuals" Cyprian
the liturgical gravity of episcopal sees
the primacy of Peter as a principle of cooperation
Peter's authority of judgment in the book of Acts
Acts especially identifies two characteristics of the Church: authority and mission, both derived from Christ and His Spirit
the germinal principle of union in episcopal orders itself -- all structure of hierarchy flows from this as hierarchy in general flows from principles of coherence
the role of Rome in the 3 main antenicene controversies:
(1) Easter controversy
(2) validity of heretical baptism
(3) readmission of apostates
episcopate - episcopal hierarchy - papacy as a movement inward within episcopal orders
3 elements of papal supremacy
(1) right of final tribunal
(2) right of conciliar presidence (incl. right of papal legation)
(3) right of intervention in ecclesiastical appointments
(note that none of these rights actually have to be used to be possessed)
"All are one in the Church through the unity of hierarchy, faith, and sacraments; all are made one in the Christian State through justice and law; all must be one in natural charity and free co-operation. These three modes, or rather degrees, of unity are inseparably connected." Soloviev
Christ as Rock (mystical union of divine & human)
Peter as Rock (social union of divine and human)
Believers as living stones of Temple (individual union of divine and human)
three divine name changes:
Abram (primal submission to God of humanity)
Jacob (national submission to God of Jews specifically)
Simon (universal submission to God of Church)
Christ Himself notes that Peter's confession is divine revelation.
"There are in Adam no virtues more noble or exalted than begetting and headship." Theodore Abu Qurra
Arguments, like soldiers, fight individually, but they make progress only in teams and conquer only in legions.
human-hearted, competent, civilized, conscientious, and consistent
unity, stability, and coherence with nature as key factors of governments, understood as means to preserve common good
persuasion as requiring a kind of equivalence of exchange
principles of persuasion: shared good and evil, fairness in distribution of good and evil, authority with respect to good and evil, negotiation/bargaining with respect to good and evil (all of these as felt)
Our homeland consists in our appropriation by Heaven to be that in which it resides.
the fine knotwork of an argument
motherhood as the first experience of providence
The seal of confession is a direct outflow of its nature as tribunal of mercy.
liturgy as theological language in its most proper form
The only real measure of the pragmatic is living and dying well.
Christian munificence and liturgia as public work.
"The Holy Spirit is the Church's living memory." CCC 1099 (note implication for Magisterium)
the eucharist as memory making present in the fullest sense
- thus eucharist as summit of ceremony
Development into full good is itself a good required for the full good of certain kinds of good things.
The fantasies that tempt us most are those that latch onto our desire to be more real.
form: participation in divine goodness :: matter : need to participate divine goodness in order to be
the good of being a sign or symbol of good
sacramental character as disposition, protection, and vocation
three levels of the good
(1) the attendable (detectible)
(2) the delectable
(3) the willable (electable)
Adam : earth :: Eve : vegetation and plants
martyr, virgin, and doctor as three kinds of sign
The natural destiny of everything is to be a sign of God.
sacramental chracter and triplex via
(1) causation: disposition for grace
(2) eminence: pledge of providence
(3) remotion: vocation to union
ecclesiastical law and the pope as a caretaker for the whole Church (ST 2-2.89.9ad3; QQ 4.13)
culture as poetic community
particular churches as fortified redoubts of faith
as refractions of the liturgy of heaven
sacramentals as the external material expression of spiritual battle
Each sacrament encourages particular forms of love of neighbor.
All erotic love is everywhere structures by rules of expression.
Laws are means to good survival, good preservation of human societies, and good life; they are instruments whose design can only be accurately evaluated in these terms.
Athanasius: 'from the essence' and 'of one essence' remove or negate 'creature', 'made', and the like (De Decretis)
accuracy, adroitness, and aptness in various skills
intentionality, process, and development in final causation
three forms of defective causation:
mis-disposition (defective aim to end)
mis-process (defective means used in tending to end)
mis-development (defect in growth itself, e.g., from impediment or from compounding error)
Large-scale rhetoric works more by suppression than by attrition.
consistency of principle, honesty, conscientiousness, tastefulness
rites as theological coordinate systems