Four years ago, an unexpected terror held me inside its giant metal grasp. I speak of a spin within a Ferris wheel.
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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
The first book of Jewish scripture, Bereishit (aka Genesis), tells of the creation of the universe — once. Yet the origin of humanity is told twice.
Empowering affirmations have perhaps become some of our era’s most popular cliches, doomed to be drained of meaning and impact by casual overuse.
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