Ash Wednesday

February 9, 2005 § 2 Comments

Ash Wednesday was fairly nice, all things considered. Kevin was at Mass in the morning, and we carried up the gifts together. What a lucky girl I am to see him nearly every day! Fr. Fisher was giving out ashes during Mass, and believe me he gives out ashes. You walked away fishing for a handkerchief to wipe the ash from your nose and brushing ash off your shirt. Seeing as I went to Fr. Fisher for my ashes, I walked out of there with quite a cross on my forehead which I can proudly say lasted all day long.

What else happened today? Not much. The one other exciting (and bothersome) thing had to do with a certain trash truck outside Maloney Hall. Every Wednesday during Chemistry class the trash truck comes and uses one of those big machines to lift the huge dumpster outside into the back of the truck. Well, today the machine missed the truck and dumped the whole load into the parking lot behind Maloney. That wouldn't be so bad, except that the dumpster (the size of a dorm room, I might add) was full of glass test tubes. The parking lot was filled with shattered glass. What a mess!

Fr. Shanley had the flu, so Dr. McKay filled in for him. She is the only substitute teacher that I can stand. I don't mind doing a lot of talking in her classes!

§ 2 Responses to Ash Wednesday

  • Paraclitus says:

    BOOKS BY FR. BRIAN SHANLEY:

    One Hundred Years of Philosophy
    (2001)

    The Thomist Tradition
    (2002)

    Fr. Brian Shanley wrote in THE THOMIST (April 98):

    “There is cause for optimism then about the stimulus to Thomism that could come from Analytical Thomism. As noted in this discussion, however, the major cause for concern is metaphysical. At the heart of Aquinas’s philosophy is his understanding of being as ultimately rooted in esse as actus essendi. This does not fit with analytical metaphysical dogmas. Here then is where the ultimate test of allegiance lies. It is possible, of course, to be an analytic philosopher who offers interesting readings of Aquinas without any commitment to his doctrine of being. But I would not call such a one a Thomist, nor, I presume, would he call himself one. What I am arguing is that to be a Thomist of any stripe requires some primary commitment to Thomas’s metaphysics; without that commitment, one may be an interpreter or even a specialist, but one is not a Thomist. It is a matter of debate, of course, what other doctrines of St. Thomas one must adhere to in order to be a Thomist and surely the items are broader than the metaphysics of esse. But however one draws the Thomistic circle, the core must be esse in St. Thomas’s sense, not Frege’s.”

  • Paraclitus says:

    INSIDE CUA: Dr. Angela McKay

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy and CUA alumna Angela McKay began riding her horse as a means of getting away from the University of Maryland grad-school bustle. Given to McKay by her parents as a CUA graduation present, the horse sports a name that will ring a bell with students of philosophy: Pascal’s Wager. McKay explains that the name refers to the 17th-century French philosopher Blaise Pascal and his theory that the potential benefits of believing in God make taking a chance or wagering on his existence seem quite rational. “Pascal said, ‘Imagine what you stand to gain if there is a God — an infinite gain, namely eternal bliss, in exchange for a finite loss, namely your life in this world,’ ” explains McKay, a scholar of ethics and the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas.

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