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The Magnificat: A Reflection, Kaitlyn Kruger May 2019

The Magnificat: A Reflection, Kaitlyn Kruger

Obsculta

A personal reflection on Mary’s Magnificat, the author connects her experiences working in a missionary community in Haiti with the words “my spirit rejoices.”


Embracing And Engaging Holistically: A Pastoral Response To Youth (Or Anyone) Struggling With Anxiety And Depression, Meghan Stretar May 2019

Embracing And Engaging Holistically: A Pastoral Response To Youth (Or Anyone) Struggling With Anxiety And Depression, Meghan Stretar

Obsculta

Following Richard Osmer’s framework for practical theological interpretation, this paper’s overall task seeks to examine the question of how to engage and encourage youth who are struggling with anxiety and depression to seek counsel. Separated into four sections, the descriptive task invites the reader into the author’s personal experience before drawing attention to the larger societal issue at hand. The interpretive task invites psychologist Erik Erikson’s identity development into the conversation, inviting more questions and possible solutions. The third section, a theological interpretation and analysis examines the Rule of St. Benedict and the pastoral implications of ...


Monks And The Church’S Obligation For The Poor, Toan Phan May 2019

Monks And The Church’S Obligation For The Poor, Toan Phan

Obsculta

Examining aspects of contemplative life as a Cistercian monk, this paper looks at the intersection of the Rule of St. Benedict and raises the question of its compatibility and implications with Catholic Social Teachings focused on the Church’s teachings on maintaining a ‘preferential option for the poor.’


Wielding The Power Of Prayer: The Use Of Prayer In Conflict, Tim Martin May 2019

Wielding The Power Of Prayer: The Use Of Prayer In Conflict, Tim Martin

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No abstract provided.


A Homily On The Parable Of The Persistent Widow, Patrick Martin May 2019

A Homily On The Parable Of The Persistent Widow, Patrick Martin

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Who Shall Be Welcome In God’S Tent: Disrupting The Liturgical Legacies Of White Supremacy To Promote The Flourishing Of The Body Of Christ, Andrew Remick May 2019

Who Shall Be Welcome In God’S Tent: Disrupting The Liturgical Legacies Of White Supremacy To Promote The Flourishing Of The Body Of Christ, Andrew Remick

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Solidarity And Suffering: Liberation Christology From Black And Womanist Perspectives, Kelsi Watters May 2019

Solidarity And Suffering: Liberation Christology From Black And Womanist Perspectives, Kelsi Watters

Obsculta

As an individual without sight, the author is committed to radical acceptance of and liberation for marginalized groups, as well as a commitment to deep solidarity with womanist theology. This piece focuses on a God whom we know, and love is actively, sacramentally, eternally present in Jesus Christ, whose self-emptying reflects radical solidarity with the oppressed. The author seeks to bring to light a Christological perspective that identifies with the marginalized Jesus – namely, black and womanist liberation theology. Black theology centralizes Jesus as Liberator of the oppressed. It is only in solidarity with the oppressed that we will ourselves be ...


What Can Buddhist Artistic Traditions Learn From Christian Iconography, Jotipālo Bhikkhu May 2019

What Can Buddhist Artistic Traditions Learn From Christian Iconography, Jotipālo Bhikkhu

Obsculta

The three images included come from the author’s year-long residency at the Collegeville Institute.


Macrina The Younger: A Silent Prophet, Alexander Blechle May 2019

Macrina The Younger: A Silent Prophet, Alexander Blechle

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Obsculta Mission And Vision, Obsculta Editors May 2019

Obsculta Mission And Vision, Obsculta Editors

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Saint Patrick: A Hagiographical Study, Molly Kluever May 2019

Saint Patrick: A Hagiographical Study, Molly Kluever

Obsculta

Reflecting on her semester abroad in Galway, Ireland, the author was inspired to write about the conflicting images of St. Patrick’s personal writings and various accounts of his life written by hagiographers in the centuries following his death. This essay is an attempt to articulate the intersection of fact and fiction, and how they play a role in shaping the Irish saint.


1,000 Years Later: What Can We Learn From Saint Peter Damian’S Liber Gomorrhianus?, Robert Craven May 2019

1,000 Years Later: What Can We Learn From Saint Peter Damian’S Liber Gomorrhianus?, Robert Craven

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Ideas To Disrupt: A Theology Of Ministry, Cindy Gonzalez May 2019

Ideas To Disrupt: A Theology Of Ministry, Cindy Gonzalez

Obsculta

A theology for ministry grounded on the call towards Woman Wisdom found in the Old Testament. Wisdom, in accordance to the book of Proverbs, leads the faithful closer to God. This theology of ministry makes a case for how only Wisdom may lead the faithful towards recognition of the need for radical inclusion in a world where social injustice continues to prevail.


The Legacy Of Natural Species And Substantial Form For Thomistic Evolution, James R. Hofmann Feb 2019

The Legacy Of Natural Species And Substantial Form For Thomistic Evolution, James R. Hofmann

Forum Lectures

Exploration of theistic evolution within a Thomistic framework has taken on the label of Thomistic evolution. Although the conceptual boundaries of this approach are not precise, a historical trajectory of its scholastic methodology can be traced back to the views of Aquinas himself. An enduring central concept in this tradition has been the idea of substantial form. For Aquinas, distinct substantial forms were associated with the kinds of animals and plants that have no prior ancestry and are ascribed to God's production during the Genesis days of adornment. Later in the tradition, the early twentieth century Jesuit Erich Wasmann ...


Catholic Social Teaching And The Christian Responsibility To The Poor, Rose Aspholm Oct 2018

Catholic Social Teaching And The Christian Responsibility To The Poor, Rose Aspholm

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

This paper examines the development of the Catholic Church’s understanding of the Christian responsibility to people who are poor through papal and conciliar documents, Scripture, and the writings of patristic authors.


Review Of Buddhism & Political Theory By Matthew J. Moore, Charles W. Wright Aug 2018

Review Of Buddhism & Political Theory By Matthew J. Moore, Charles W. Wright

The Journal of Social Encounters

Buddhism & Political Theory, by Matthew J. Moore, proposes to extract a political theory from the Pali language texts of the Buddhist religious tradition that is palatable to Western academic sensibilities so that it might be ushered into the company of contemporary political and ethical philosophy. "Let me introduce you," the book in essence says to the world of Western philosophy, "to a long overlooked, unusual, and interesting perspective on political and ethical theory that you really ought to include in your conversations."


Review Of Flourishing: Why We Need Religion In A Globalized World By Miroslav Volf., Jon Armajani Aug 2018

Review Of Flourishing: Why We Need Religion In A Globalized World By Miroslav Volf., Jon Armajani

The Journal of Social Encounters

Dr. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University and the Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. His works have spanned several subfields within the discipline of theology -- from a book, published in 1988, on Karl Marx’s concept of labor and its theological value, to a book published in 1996, which is a theological exploration of identity, otherness, and reconciliation, to a book published in 2012 on Jews, Christian, and Muslims in dialogue. In Volf’s Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World, he attempts to shed ...


An Overview Of Four Traditions On War And Peace In Christian History, Joseph J. Fahey Aug 2018

An Overview Of Four Traditions On War And Peace In Christian History, Joseph J. Fahey

The Journal of Social Encounters

This essay examines four traditions on war and peace that have developed in Christian history. They are: Pacifism, Just War, Total War, and World Community.Pacifism characterized the earliest Christians; Just War appeared in the late fourth and fifth centuries; Total War in the eleventh century; and World Community began in the sixteenth century. All four positions continue today and are held by people who sincerely call themselves Christian.


Cotidie Ante Oculos: On The Cornerstones Of Saint John’S Churches, Old And New, Martin Connell May 2018

Cotidie Ante Oculos: On The Cornerstones Of Saint John’S Churches, Old And New, Martin Connell

Headwaters

Drawing from the Bible and the Rule of Saint Benedict, campus inscriptions on the Saint John’s campus were set in place at times when all Roman Catholic worship and art was in Latin. Because we pass them every day often without appreciating their significance and potential inspiration, Cotidie ante oculos takes two of the most unseen articles of campus art—the cornerstones of the former and current abbey churches, unrejected by builders and set in place in 1879 and 1958— and places them in the cultures, societies, and beliefs of Christian and Benedictine life in those years. The essay ...


Life Or Death And Other False Dichotomies: A Theology Of Hospice, Kayla Stock May 2018

Life Or Death And Other False Dichotomies: A Theology Of Hospice, Kayla Stock

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

Feelings of fear and failure are often ascribed to death and dying; hospice offers a new way forward. This paper considers fear of death from a personal and evolutionary psychological perspective, then branching into the ways fear of death and death anxiety are made manifest in the health care system. Within the health care system, in particular the biomedical model of health care, death is construed as the enemy, the ultimate mark of failure. In one sense, death is fundamentally unknown, and is therefore naturally fear-inducing. Simultaneously, death is also both singularly and universally knowable; it is the only thing ...


Instruments Of The Soul: Oikonomia And Bodily Asceticism, Aiden Putnam May 2018

Instruments Of The Soul: Oikonomia And Bodily Asceticism, Aiden Putnam

Obsculta

One strength of the monastic model as presented in the early desert literature is the pastoral responsiveness to individual needs, while one weakness of this model is the apparent divide between body and spirit. The current image many of today’s readers might have of the monastic desert is of wizened, brittle hermits continuously at war with their bodies in an attempt to subjugate the flesh. Rather, I would propose that the early monks can offer us a refreshing view of psychosomatic integrity, one that can speak to current discussions of pastoral accompaniment.


Homily: On The Transfiguration, James Voeller Ofm May 2018

Homily: On The Transfiguration, James Voeller Ofm

Obsculta

The glorious event of the Transfiguration prepared the apostles in advance for the passion of Christ. This Gospel narrative in Mark has implications for vocational service. The present reflection is an exhortation for those who preach to “wake up the world”.


A Startling Injustice In The Protestant Reformation: The Contrasting Theologies Of Martin Luther And Thomas Muntzer As Seen In Their Responses To The Reformation Of The Common Man, 1525, Tonya Toutge May 2018

A Startling Injustice In The Protestant Reformation: The Contrasting Theologies Of Martin Luther And Thomas Muntzer As Seen In Their Responses To The Reformation Of The Common Man, 1525, Tonya Toutge

Obsculta

Compares the theologies of reform held by Thomas Müntzer and Martin Luther specifically as their theologies played out in re-sponse to the Peasants’ War of 1525. Müntzer and Luther. This comparison places Müntzer over and against Luther.


From Putrefecation To Sanctification: John Wesley's Understanding Of Original Sin And Theology Of Grace, John Scheuer May 2018

From Putrefecation To Sanctification: John Wesley's Understanding Of Original Sin And Theology Of Grace, John Scheuer

Obsculta

John Wesley’s sermons and writings about Original Sin are filled with lengthy and extreme descriptions of the depravity of humanity. This essay will explore examples from Wesley’s writings that use Scripture to describe humanity’s condition, and whose interpretation is supported by the tradition of the church. This exploration will layout Wesley’s unique theology of grace which provides a remedy for Original Sin by arguing humanity’s only path to redemption is through accepting the resistible grace of God.


Amazonian Reform, Alyssa Maty May 2018

Amazonian Reform, Alyssa Maty

Obsculta

This paper intends to show how Pope Francis’ ecclesiology and environmental consciousness are intimately related. Pope Francis calls on the church as a community to come together to preserve important environments like the Amazon rainforest from human devastation. This communal call is similar to how Pope Francis uniquely calls on the local church to be involved in general ecclesial matters.


The Art Of Dying As The Art Of Living: Exploring Buddhist Death Meditation As A Path To Human Flourishing, Kayla Stock May 2018

The Art Of Dying As The Art Of Living: Exploring Buddhist Death Meditation As A Path To Human Flourishing, Kayla Stock

Obsculta

Can spiritual practices that inform our ideas about death alleviate fear of death? Can they lead to human flourishing? To explore these questions, I will examine the Buddhist practice of death meditation, assessing the practice both theologically and scientifically, then discussing the merits of this practice toward the purposes of human flourishing. I will end with an exploration of the potential ministerial applications of Buddhist death meditation.


Homily Given On The Solemnity Of The Epiphany, Reginald Udouj Osb May 2018

Homily Given On The Solemnity Of The Epiphany, Reginald Udouj Osb

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Welcome By Way Of A Proem, Obsculta Editors May 2018

Welcome By Way Of A Proem, Obsculta Editors

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


The Intimacy Of The Cross: Kenotic Love In Hans Urs Von Balthasar And Sufjan Stevens, Kellen Troxell May 2018

The Intimacy Of The Cross: Kenotic Love In Hans Urs Von Balthasar And Sufjan Stevens, Kellen Troxell

Obsculta

This essay discusses how von Balthasar describes the relationship between the Father and the Son and how this has implications for the relationship between Christ and the Church. In addition, the author uses “To Be Alone With You” by Sufjan Stevens in order to further examine the implications of this relationship.


"Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled In Your Hearing" : The Practice Of Sustained Lectio Divina, Kathleen A. Cahalan May 2018

"Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled In Your Hearing" : The Practice Of Sustained Lectio Divina, Kathleen A. Cahalan

Obsculta

Nota Bene This paper is modified from a lecture delivered at Saint Paul Monastery, Saint Paul, Minnesota, on October 27, 2017.