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Contributor Bios, Obsculta Editors May 2020

Contributor Bios, Obsculta Editors

Obsculta

No abstract provided.


Loops, Jessika Satori May 2020

Loops, Jessika Satori

Obsculta

Imagine God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mother Mary and a few of the saints in modern corporate attire placed in a modern corporate setting. The protagonist is waiting for the outcome of today’s discussion by the Holy Ones.


Unknown, Katryna Bertucci May 2020

Unknown, Katryna Bertucci

Obsculta

“Unknown” explores inner emotions about death and the other side, artistically representing self-discovery and faith with “unknown” aspects of the afterlife as the theme. Death is a perplexing yet imminent part of our lives and experiences. This series calls to attention the idea that the unknown can be seen with a sense of fear or with a feeling of peace; the choice is up to us. There is also no black and white answer, only stages of middle gray. Not knowing what truly comes ahead, I am working on surrendering to the mystery and faith of it all.


Brother John, August Turak May 2020

Brother John, August Turak

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Recipient of the prestigious $100,000 Templeton Prize, Brother John is the true story of a magical Christmas encounter between the author, going through a midlife crisis, and an umbrella wielding Trappist monk. Uplifting, deeply moving, and set in the magnificent Trappist monastery of Mepkin Abbey, Brother John leads us to the redemptive power of an authentically purposeful life.


Ministering To Survivors Of Sexual Trauma, Leah Wakefield May 2020

Ministering To Survivors Of Sexual Trauma, Leah Wakefield

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To what extent do ministers-in-training feel equipped to serve survivors of sexual trauma? Considering sexual trauma is a sensitive and complicated topic, education is key to understanding sexual violence and the ramifications on survivors- spiritually, mentally, and physically. To understand the problem of sexual violence, we must look at the psychological theory of congruence to understand victimization. We must look at how an incarnational view of theology frames the importance of physical healing, given the significance of Christ taking on flesh and living among us. Then we can develop an educational program assisting those working with survivors of sexual violence.


Dreamers X Doers, Courtney Horstman May 2020

Dreamers X Doers, Courtney Horstman

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The primary themes within Dreamers X Doers revolve around the need for social justice and the lack of collaboration between those who are doers and those who only dream of an ideal world. As a dreamer, I emphasize the desire for fellow dreamers to rise up and bring about the change they know needs to happen. I address the tendency of dreamers to live inside their own minds and to procrastinate, but I also make known the capacity for these dreamers to take part in the efforts towards social change that they feel so passionately about. All in all, dreamers ...


Poems By Jeffrey Wilkinson, Jeffrey Wilkinson May 2020

Poems By Jeffrey Wilkinson, Jeffrey Wilkinson

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This is a selection of eight of my best poems. I think they all pretty much speak for themselves. These particular works span the last five years or so, in no particular order. I have pretty much always written poems, but only in the last five years do I consider that any of them began to start revealing a good quality. I usually only write a poem if I feel a particular urge to do so, and it’s never premeditated. Once I start, it might take a while to finish, perhaps an hour, but once it’s done I ...


Charity And Dialogue Towards Ecumenical And Inter-Religious Communion, Jason Horstman May 2020

Charity And Dialogue Towards Ecumenical And Inter-Religious Communion, Jason Horstman

Obsculta

How something is said matters as much as what is said. Open dialogue and charity in debate is vital for proper Christian conduct. Vatican II documents are put forward as a standard of conduct. The fallout between Rome and Luther in the early 16th c. is put forward as a cautionary tale showing the stakes of failure to engage in debate with open-mindedness and charity. Writings from Augustine are put forward as a model and exemplar for how to engage in debate.


Mitre And Sword: Fighting Norman Bishops And Clergy, Timothy R. Martin May 2020

Mitre And Sword: Fighting Norman Bishops And Clergy, Timothy R. Martin

Obsculta

This thesis examines Norman bishops and abbots, either as armed combatants, or commanders of military forces in Normandy, and later in England after 1066. Focusing primarily on the roles of bishops, other accounts of martial feats by other Norman clergy are also examined. The use of justified force and later the sanctioned use of violence by secular clergy is explored to better understand the rational perceived by the clergy when acting as ‘soldiers of God. These accounts of Norman bishops participating in combat show a natural progression of a tradition that was discouraged by reformers but embraced by secular rulers.


Come And See, Denise Lyon May 2020

Come And See, Denise Lyon

Obsculta

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The Shoemaker, Meghan E. Stretar May 2020

The Shoemaker, Meghan E. Stretar

Obsculta

Storytelling has always captivated my attention and strikes me as being an incredible tool in which to deepen the understanding of the Gospel message. This piece begins “once upon a time there was a man named Herschel...”. Herschel is an imaginary character born out of the imagination of my childhood priest. He is brought back to life in this homily written for Christ the King Sunday.


The Second Vatican Council And The Culture Of Dialogue: The Role Of Christian-Muslim Dialogue In Saint John’S School Of Theology And Seminary, Janice Kristanti May 2020

The Second Vatican Council And The Culture Of Dialogue: The Role Of Christian-Muslim Dialogue In Saint John’S School Of Theology And Seminary, Janice Kristanti

Obsculta

In the light of an increased population of Muslim communities in the United States and the long history of animosity between Islam and West Christianity, the essay notes the necessity for Christian-Muslim dialogue for world peace. Using Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville as the case study, the author explains the need for incorporating courses in Islam in Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary’s curriculum. Interfaith theology would prepare the students to engage in interreligious dialogue and be agents for world peace.


Lectio Of Surprises, Kathleen A. Cahalan May 2020

Lectio Of Surprises, Kathleen A. Cahalan

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This is a short piece I wrote for Saint Paul Monastery’s Benedictine Center on lectio divina. It was posted on their blog in November 2019. I lead their School of Lectio Divina, a 6-day silent retreat, and wrote this piece about my own lectio practice. It included 3 pictures, which could not be uploaded in the document in this format. I’m happy to send them to you if you want this piece


Gregory Of Nazianzus’ Concept Of “Knowable” Transcendence, William Orbih May 2020

Gregory Of Nazianzus’ Concept Of “Knowable” Transcendence, William Orbih

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This paper outlines Gregory of Nazianzus’ thought on the knowability of transcendence and according to the Cappadocian Father, what knowing God entails. Beginning with a critical appraisal of what William Placher means by the domestication of Transcendence and his expressed dismay over “trivial images of God” in contemporary theology arising from overconfidence in the human capacity to understand God’s nature and the human ability to talk clearly and precisely about God after the seventeenth century. Arguing that Gregory articulated this problem long before Placher, this paper is an appraisal of Gregory’s response to an issue previously well articulated ...


Cistercian Order In Vietnam - Advantages And Challenges, John Toan V. Phan May 2020

Cistercian Order In Vietnam - Advantages And Challenges, John Toan V. Phan

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Cistercian Order in Vietnam was found by a missionary-priest in 1918. Originally, it was a diocesan congregation with its name “Notre Dame of Annam.” In 1936 the congregation of “Notre Dame of Annam” joined Cistercian Order and became Cistercian Congregation of Holy Family. In this article, father John Phan talks about the history of Cistercian Order in Vietnam with its advantages and disadvantages but he puts it in the broader context of the monastic tradition and Vietnamese culture to indicate the continuity of monastic tradition and some distinguish factors of the Cistercian Order in Vietnam


Seeking A New Paradigm For Youth Ministry Of Waegwan Abbey, South Korea, Cyprian Ji-Eung Ryu Feb 2020

Seeking A New Paradigm For Youth Ministry Of Waegwan Abbey, South Korea, Cyprian Ji-Eung Ryu

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

No abstract provided.


The Wounded Body Of Christ: Social Trauma In Pastoral Care, Kelsi Watters Feb 2020

The Wounded Body Of Christ: Social Trauma In Pastoral Care, Kelsi Watters

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

No abstract provided.


Taking Care Of The Forgotten: A Pastoral Response To The Hospice Care Professional, Constance Friebohle Feb 2020

Taking Care Of The Forgotten: A Pastoral Response To The Hospice Care Professional, Constance Friebohle

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

No abstract provided.


A Global Church In The Local Parish: Fostering Intercultural Competency For Indonesian Catholic Ministry In The United States, Janice Kristanti Feb 2020

A Global Church In The Local Parish: Fostering Intercultural Competency For Indonesian Catholic Ministry In The United States, Janice Kristanti

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

No abstract provided.


Why Darwin Remains A Problem For Theism, John Houston Feb 2020

Why Darwin Remains A Problem For Theism, John Houston

Forum Lectures

Several recent works in theology have argued that evolutionary theory is compatible with theism. This, of course, is true: theism and evolutionary theory are indeed logically and metaphysically compatible. However, little is being demonstrated on behalf of theism when this conclusion is established. For, the logical and metaphysical compatibility of conceptual frameworks or narratives is a very low bar for attempting to analyze the world and its fundamental nature, and such compatibility tells us little about how the world really is. In this paper I focus on why Darwinian evolutionary theory, though logically and metaphysically compatible with theism, continues to ...


How Can Catholic Youth Programs Improve The Youth’S Connection To The Mass?, Elizabeth Cook Jan 2020

How Can Catholic Youth Programs Improve The Youth’S Connection To The Mass?, Elizabeth Cook

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

No abstract provided.


The Catholic Church And The Turn Of The 20th Century: An Anthropology Of Human Flourishing And A Church For Peace, Maria Siebels Jan 2020

The Catholic Church And The Turn Of The 20th Century: An Anthropology Of Human Flourishing And A Church For Peace, Maria Siebels

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

This paper will explore the connections between the 20th century’s unsurpassed violence and the Catholic Church’s adoption of anthropology of human dignity and flourishing, resulting in a call and commission for peace as seen in Pacem et Terris, Gaudium et Spes, and the Catholic Worker Movement.


The Indispensability Of Inculturation For Effective Evangelization: Revisiting The Evangelization Of Sub-Saharan Africa, Mark Obeten Jan 2020

The Indispensability Of Inculturation For Effective Evangelization: Revisiting The Evangelization Of Sub-Saharan Africa, Mark Obeten

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

This paper argues that the incarnation is a profound moment in the redemptive plan of God and hence paradigm of evangelization. It demonstrates that non-inculturated evangelization lacks depth and may lose the fruits of its labor with time. The evangelization of Sub-Saharan Africa is used as a case in point to show this connection between evangelization and inculturation as inevitable.


Introducing Queer Theology, Cole Epping Jan 2020

Introducing Queer Theology, Cole Epping

School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

The paper works through the sources of queer theology, giving special attention to how these sources are used in published works. Further, the paper explores the doctrine of the Trinity as a model of “radical friendship”, a relational model that is inclusive to LGBTQ+ folks, as well as the inadvertent queerness of Von Balthasar’s writings on the Trinity.


Catholicism And Politics In A Fallen World: Understanding Human Imperfection As Relates To Political Institutions, George J. Doyle Jan 2020

Catholicism And Politics In A Fallen World: Understanding Human Imperfection As Relates To Political Institutions, George J. Doyle

CSBSJU Distinguished Thesis

This thesis is composed of two primary parts, each involving discussion of Catholicism and political life. Part I critiques Thomas Aquinas’ theory of government in light of his theory of nature, with an emphasis on original sin as a defining attribute of the human person. The section concludes with an argument in favor of democracy rooted in Aquinas’s theory of human nature, as well as an understanding of the role of the Catholic Church in light of the claims made in this part of the thesis. Part II contains a political science study assessing factors that contribute to party ...


The Philosophy Of Michael Polanyi: From The Discoveries Of Science To The Contemplation Of God, Vincent M. Smiles Dec 2019

The Philosophy Of Michael Polanyi: From The Discoveries Of Science To The Contemplation Of God, Vincent M. Smiles

Forum Lectures

Human uniqueness revolves around our knowing. All knowing is "tacit" (Michael Polanyi) and leads to "indwelling" of mind in reality, as of reality in mind. This is why we always "know more than we can tell," which corresponds with another old adage, "the whole is more than the sum of the parts." This presentation will try to show that the vast spectrum of knowing is continuous, running from discoveries of the inanimate world, through biology and the humanities and arts, and even to "the face of God."


“Thus Seyden Sadde Folk” : Chaucer’S Oxford Clerk On Theological Controversy In The 14th Century, Molly K. Kluever Oct 2019

“Thus Seyden Sadde Folk” : Chaucer’S Oxford Clerk On Theological Controversy In The 14th Century, Molly K. Kluever

Forum Lectures

Of all of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Clerk’s Tale is perhaps the most disturbing. The alarmingly submissive Griselda and her husband-cum-tormenter Walter have horrified and frustrated scholars with their irrational behavior for centuries. Although considered a teller of one of Chaucer’s “religious tales,” the Clerk’s seeming ambivalence about his tale’s moral has rendered most, if not all, theological readings unsatisfying and inconclusive. For this reason, the Clerk’s Tale has primarily been studied for the glimpse it provides into medieval gender politics. My research, however, attempts to situate the tale within its theological context by ...


Review Of Essential Catholic Social Thought, William J. Collinge Aug 2019

Review Of Essential Catholic Social Thought, William J. Collinge

The Journal of Social Encounters

Bernard V. Brady titles his textbook Essential Catholic Social Thought to indicate that his focus extends beyond documents of the Church’s magisterium, usually designated “Catholic social teaching” (CST), but his emphasis is on those documents nonetheless. I will comment on this book from my perspective as a teacher for twenty years of a course called “Catholic Social Teaching.” My course is addressed to upper-level undergraduates in a Catholic university and specifically to those majoring in international studies (though it is open to others), but I hope these comments will be helpful to anyone who is considering Brady’s book ...


Review Of The Practice Of Islam In America: An Introduction, Aisha Ghani Aug 2019

Review Of The Practice Of Islam In America: An Introduction, Aisha Ghani

The Journal of Social Encounters

The demand, indeed urgency, within the American Academy for courses on Islam has perhaps never been greater than at current. Yet, the very conditions that create this urgency also produce anxieties for those fulfilling this pedagogical role. The challenge confronting many of us - knowing that our students will enter the classroom with ideas/questions about Islam stemming, in large part, from what they’ve encountered through popular media and the news – is how to carry out this work in a way that both acknowledges this abiding, even if delimiting, contemporary context without allowing our teaching to be subsumed by it ...


Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Disobedience And The Duty To Obey The Law: Where Do We Go From Here?, Walter Kendall Aug 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Disobedience And The Duty To Obey The Law: Where Do We Go From Here?, Walter Kendall

The Journal of Social Encounters

Not so long ago, several friends joined approximately 40,000 others in DC demanding action on climate change and opposing the Keystone pipeline. They left Illinois committed to breaking the law and getting arrested in front of the White House, as they put it, in the spirit of Dr. King. The law they broke when they got there was an anti-trespass type ordinance. They sat and waited to be ordered to move. They refused. They were arrested, fined and released the same day.

Being a lawyer, the son of a New York City police officer, and sometimes an activist I ...