Overwhelming Joy: Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five

By |2018-12-18T03:56:32-05:00December 30th, 2014|Tags: |

Overwhelmed is a one-word description of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five. What overcomes Scrooge when he wakes up is joy, and later the virtue of cheerfulness. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines cheerfulness as “a mood characterized by high spirits and amusement and often accompanied by laughter.” St. Josemaria Escriva in his book, The Forge, states that [...]

Poetry: Donald Davidson’s “Aunt Maria and the Gourds”

By |2014-01-23T12:55:33-05:00April 8th, 2012|Tags: |

While studying at the University of Dallas in the early ’90’s, I was taught and influenced by a few notable professors, such as Janet Smith, Frederick Wilhelmsen, Wayne Ambler, Leo Paul de Alvarez, along with a few others. Following Prof. Wilhelmsen after many class lectures back to his office or at least to the university mall, [...]

The Haunted Souls of Readers

By |2017-06-26T12:18:41-05:00December 29th, 2010|Tags: , |

Pursuing a liberal education takes a lifetime. School may not be fun some of the time and for a few of us, all of the time, but what I have learned from Fr. James Schall, S.J. over the years is that a liberal education does not take place at school, but for most of [...]

Liberal Education: Alive and Well

By |2017-06-16T12:44:02-05:00August 24th, 2010|Tags: |

An essay written by John von Heyking, entitled “Top 5 Books on Liberal Education Published in the Last 35 years” is a good read and moves one to think about the texts that he names. But are there any others? I have read and am familiar with 4 of the 5 named books: I am [...]