Empowering affirmations have perhaps become some of our era’s most popular cliches, doomed to be drained of meaning and impact by casual overuse.
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A weekly column offering a Christian and Catholic perspective by native Maderan John Rieping, a graduate of Mt. Angel Seminary who spent 4 1/2 years in formation at Mount Angel Abbey. His website is http://wambly.weebly.com
In the philosopher Plato’s great work “The Republic,” his elder brother Glaucon is described as proposing an extreme test of morality to their teacher Socrates in the ancient city-state of Athens.
Few of the 300 writings by ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus survive today. One paradox said to be his we know only through an early Christian writer in North Africa, Lucius Lactantius (A.D. 250-325).
“Empty is the argument of the philosopher that does not relieve any human suffering.”
— Epicurus (341-270 B.C.)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happine
Look up the noun “advent” in the New Oxford American Dictionary and you will read: “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” The roots of the word in Latin mean “to come” or “coming.”
My thanks to those readers who called last week. Samuel of Tulare asked for a list of books about Rev. Miguel Pro, SJ, who died in Mexico for his faith in 1926.