1.16.2011

Stop shoring up the Imperium!

This is an update for the purpose of, more than anything else, ensuring this blog isn't scuttled due to inactivity.

As to the title of this post, by now you should know where we stand, and that my thoughts on these matters have not changed at all (see MacIntyre, After Virtue):
A crucial turning point in that earlier history occurred when men and women of good will turned aside from the task of shoring up the Roman imperium and ceased to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of that imperium. What they set themselves to achieve – often not recognizing fully what they were doing – was the construction of new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained so that both morality and civility might survive the coming ages of barbarism and darkness. If my account of our moral condition is correct, we ought also to conclude that for some time now we too have reached that turning point.
The New Evangelization: building these new local communities, islands and oases, with no division (but distinction!) between faith and culture, the spiritual and the political life, the individual, family, and local community, or the Church and the world. As the Fathers of the Extraordinary Synod in 1985 said (II.D-6):
The salvific mission of the Church in relation to the world must be understood as an integral whole. Though it is spiritual, the mission of the Church involves human promotion even in its temporal aspects. For this reason the mission of the Church cannot be reduced to a monism, no matter how the latter is understood. In this mission there is certainly a clear distinction—but not a separation—between the natural and supernatural aspects. This duality is not a dualism. It is thus necessary to put aside the false and useless oppositions between, for example, the Church’s spiritual mission and the diaconia for the world.
As for the rest: I'm finishing up my PhL at CUA, writing on the Order of the Universe in Aquinas, and am slated to be sent to Rome this coming fall semester to begin work on an STL, and then subsequently, another license in some other field. God willing, diaconate ordination for October of 2014; and a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, June of 2015. Your prayers are most helpful. Thank you.
AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM