Thursday, October 17, 2013

Concedo nulli

I ran across the phrase Concedo nulli in an unlikely place; unlikely in that why would I be looking at anything related to BSU Football? Actually, I wasn't, but happened to see it on an image when I was looking for something quite different. It seems to me that Concedo nulli (yield no ground), rooted in the old Roman God Terminus for the protection of boundaries, can be baptized and used as a synonym for the Catholic Magisterium in general, and Dominicans in particular.

And yes, I'll concede, it's a good motto for a football team!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

+Memorial of Guardian Angels, October 2, 1013 


Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace. Amen.

My mother-in-law, Helen Chenoweth-Hage, died on October 2, 2006, seven years to the day--in a car accident just four months after her husband died of cancer on June 5, 2006.  She was ever gracious and kind to all she met especially her family and friends.  She is sorely missed.  I continue daily to pray for the repose of her soul, for her family, and for the principles and heritage that she passed on to so many.  Many remember her as an effective, articulate, truthful, and affable member of Congress from Idaho's First Congressional District.  Others know her from years before her service in Congress for her effective principled political work behind the scenes in Idaho. 
She had faith in Jesus Christ.  She had faith in Idaho's people and she acted on that faith before, during and after her six year tenure as Idaho's congresswoman.  When she was first elected in 1994, I gave her a copy of the Summa Theologica, translated by the English Friars.  It is a comprehensive edition setting out St. Thomas Aquina's conclusions as to each question.  She read it before she was sworn into Congress.  She often raised St. Thomas' many points-of-view from the Summa.  Dare I say she was a Thomist at heart. 
She was able to embrace intellectually the points made by St. Thomas yet she was not a Catholic.  She stood like a pillar on the standards of law and politics that have made this Nation great.  She would have gladly given her life for those principles.  She embraced life with joy, difficulties and stress with grace, and her family and friends with love.
Thank you for being a part of our lives! 

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Fulton Sheen book - new edition of "Freedom Under God"

The following is a press release from the publisher...

In 1940, on the eve of the United States entry into World War II, the late Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) published Freedom Under God. This new, annotated “Just Third Way Edition” of a neglected classic includes an in-depth foreword, as well as a bibliography and index not included in the original.

While Freedom Under God addresses the loss of true freedom throughout the world, Sheen’s special concern was freedom of religion. This is under increasing attack today. Individual life as well as marriage and the family are also in grave danger as the State continues to expand its power to fill the vacuum left by the growing powerlessness of ordinary people.

Speaking to people of all faiths and philosophies, albeit from a “Catholic” perspective, then-Monsignor Sheen traced the rise of totalitarian State power in the first half of the 20th century to the fact that fewer and fewer people in America and throughout the world owned capital — what Sheen called “creative wealth.” As Sheen argued, agreeing with other great thinkers through the ages, “Power follows property, and they who own things to a great extent own persons.” Only widespread private property in capital has the capacity to restore the foundation of true freedom.

In conformity with the precepts of the natural law on which Sheen relied to develop his thought, CESJ adds that genuine economic reform must also comply with the three principles of economic justice: Participative Justice, Distributive Justice, and Harmonic Justice. Lawyer-economist Louis O. Kelso and Aristotelian philosopher Mortimer J. Adler first described these principles in Chapter 5 of their bestselling The Capitalist Manifesto.

Sheen’s warnings fell on deaf ears. Thanks to the near-global acceptance of Keynesian economics, the wagewelfare system within a State-controlled, inflationary, debt-ridden economy is the unquestioned model for economic development throughout the world.

The world needs the wisdom of Fulton Sheen now more than ever. The republication of Freedom Under God helps introduce the work of this pivotal thinker to a new generation of readers and students.

Fulton J. Sheen, Freedom Under God, ISBN: 978-0-944997-11-6, 264 pp., $20.00
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