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faith & reason + Scientism + brave mice + final essays

MASS – (Fr Vallee) — In the darkest times, the Lord is with us.  [Guardian angel Rosary assistance].

AQUINAS – (Fr Vallee) — reviewed a general timeline after the death of Thomas Aquinas in 1250.  William of Ockham gave rise to Nominalism (minimized metaphysics, which is the link between philosophy and theology).  The movie “Name of the Rose” reflected his nominalist attitude.  In the 19th century, debates in the Church led to extreme responses like Rationalism (sola ratio) and Fideism (sola fide).  As opposed to Protestant extremism (sola scriptura & sola fide), the Catholic Church maintains balance between “faith & reason” as well as “Scripture & Tradition.”

CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — reviewed characteristics of Modern Philosophy:

1)  Turn towards the “self” (anthropos becomes conscious)
2)  Turn toward “subjectivity” (reality + truth = function of the subjective)
3)  Renewed emphasis on the object (Scientism) (person = reduced to his material reality)
4)  “Fragmentation” of reality (cosmos = science, theos = theology, anthropos = philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc.)

An aside on Scientism brought discussion about genetically engineered mice that had their fear of cats removed via DNA.  A current example of how modernity influences our approach to solving life’s “problems.”  Scientific research + ethics + faith.

19th Century Philosophy … brought Hegelianism / Romantic Idealism that REJECTED the Kantian dichotomy between the noumenon & phenomenon … also brought a greater Kantian dichotomy in philosophy with (Marx) Dialectical Materialism, (Comte) Positivism, (Nietzsche) Nihilism.

MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Vallee) — our final essay questions will deal with 4 areas for each philosopher … (1) Aporia (1st question & basic theme) … (2) Metaphysics (“What is?”) … (3) Epistemology (study of knowledge) … (4) Ethics.

WORKLIST (1:30-3pm) — starting next week, we’ll have new Wednesday worklist jobs and new house jobs.

HOLY HOUR (4:30-5:30pm) — intention for the seminarians at St Vincent’s (major seminary) on 5-day retreat as well as the Southeast Bishops on retreat.  Found a prayer for meditation … Invocations to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament:

Lord Jesus, through Your infant cries when You were born for me in the manger; through Your tears when You died for me on the Cross; through Your love as You live for me in the tabernacle, have mercy on me and save me.

1st sem grades

December 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Stephen King's The MistToday I received my grades for my first semester in St John Vianney College Seminary:

Arts & Ideas – (Fr Vallee) — B
Ancient Philosophy – (Fr Santos) — B+
Modern Philosophy – (Fr Santos) — B
Ministerial Methods – (Fr Michael) — A
Intermediate Spanish – (Dr Jimenez) — B
Intro to Old Testament – (Fr Michael) — A

DOTS — Stephen King’s The Mist [PF]

“philosopher soccer”

December 11, 2007 Leave a comment

Yesterday was our exam on Modern Philosophy (not easy) and tommorrow is Ancient Philosophy.  As some of us took a break from a study session, we found this YouTube video from Monty Python about Philosopher’s Football (Soccer) that has the (Ancient) Greeks verse the (Modern & Contemporary) Germans.  — Hillarious!  (but only because I kinda-know some philosophy)

first 2 exams + Publix

December 10, 2007 Leave a comment

Rescue Dawn (2007)MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Final Exam #1 — I think I over-studied with little sleep.  (found out later — 78%)

MINISTERIAL METHODS – (Fr Michael) — Final Exam #2 — 25 multiple choice questions.  (found out later — 2 wrong 92%)

EVENING MOVIERescue Dawn in community room

DOTS — naps — Publix (ice cream, cakes, drinks, sub) — Dinner “mystery ball” w Oz  — watched 3 comics (Josh, Francisco & Ron White)

postmodern + Monsignor + Christmas dinner

December 7, 2007 1 comment

last day of class @ St John Vianney College Seminary, MiamiMASS – (Fr Vallee) — “frail bird”

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — finish Hegel.  Turned in reflection paper on Locke.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — finish Neoplatonism.  Turned in reflection paper on Epicureanism.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — as the last day of class before finals week, we covered the Post-Modern Period in 1 day.

VIGIL MASS + MONSIGNOR – (Fr Michael) — [2 battleships practicing]  we celebrated a Vigil Mass for tomorrow’s feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Bishop Noonan began Mass by announcing our rector Fr Michael Carruthers has been made a Monsignor (along with 20+ others in our diocese during this Jubilee Year), but he still prefers us to call him “Father.”  — Congratulations!
Monsignor Mass @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL table setup for 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL table setup for 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

CHRISTMAS DINNER — especially for faculty member, we had a big Christmas Dinner with ham, pork, rice & beans, green beans, po-ta-toes, fudge pie, key lime pie, apple dessert, & a bowl of strawberry/blueberry “mix” — GREAT!
2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Neoplatonism + worklist

December 5, 2007 Leave a comment

worklist truck @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hegel’s Absolute Idealism.  Also got back our last quiz (22/30).

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Neoplatonism.  Philosophical “GOD” eminates.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — sick — no class.

WORKLIST — today I had McCarthy Chapel … easy … so I also did trash & floors.  I took a picture of the grounds worklisters.

dialectic + stoicism + Serra dinner

December 3, 2007 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Joseph) — Francis Xavier – preach the Gospel … if necessary use words.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hegel’s “dialectic” … thesis – antithesis (“marker is NOT a turkey“) – synthetic.  Look up Anthropic Principle = Hegel?

ANCIENT – (Fr Santos) — handout on Epicureanism & Stoicism.  — I think I’ll do my reflection paper on Epicureanism.

SERRA CLUB DINNER – (Fr Manny) — the Miami Pre-Theologians (me) helped our vocation director at the annual Serra Club Dinner honoring Religious men & woman at St Martha Catholic Church next to the Archdiocesen Pastoral Center.  — Great people, food and Christmas caroling!
2007 Serra Club Dinner for Religious @ Miami 2007 Serra Club Dinner for Religious @ Miami 2007 Serra Club Dinner for Religious @ Miami