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On Being Human

What is a human person? Such a seemingly simple question can have innumerable responses, but which one is true? Are we a mass of atoms gliding through a complex array of chemical reactions, ever-renewed as each cell of our body is replaced? Are we a highly evolved lump of flesh with a hyper-developed nervous system that facilitates the experience of consciousness? Or are we a soul chained to an earthly body until the day this burdensome cloak is cast off and we float freely in the ether?

Surely an understanding of what it means to be a human person matters. Such a concept forms our sense of purpose and our identity, and likewise structures our activities and behaviors. Our answer to the question indeed matters — and of course, we aren’t the first ones to ask it. Philosophers and theologians throughout history have grappled with the question, and have provided …

Man O’ Man

I wrote in my introductory post about the importance of the human person. Today I would like to present our method of examining the human person and our desired encounter with the material. I am presently a student at Divine Mercy University, so the approach that we will take to the human person will reflect closely their Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person and the Catholic Church’s perennial philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. After establishing a working definition of the person in this post, each subsequent post will explore one or more of the theological, philosophical and psychological dimensions that are assumed in the definition. The posts will be focused on individual aspects of a complex reality, so our goal will be to keep them short and accessible.

My initial post each month will lay out a truth about the person from perennial philosophy or the Church’s teaching. The following …

Marriage and the Mysterium Magnum

This is the twelfth and final installment of a series of blog posts outlining St. John Paul II’s thought on embodiment and sexuality. To read the preceding article, please click here

St. Paul writes powerfully of the sacramentality of marriage in chapter five of his letter to the Ephesians,

‘For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and unite with his wife, and the two will form one flesh. This mystery is great; I say this with reference to Christ and the Church. Therefore, also you, each one on his part, should love his wife as himself, and the woman should have reverence toward her husband.’ (Eph. 5:21-33)

These words of St. Paul are decisive for properly understanding the sacramentality of marriage, because they indicate that marriage points beyond itself in important and far-reaching ways. The ‘great mystery, mysterium magnum,’ about which St. Paul speaks in these verses …