Category Archives: truth for its own sake

Two Reasons Why Things Are Difficult to Understand: Wisely and Slow Part IV

As has been thoroughly set forth and expounded here in a beautiful succinct and brilliant paper on this very subject, there are seven times when we need to go wisely and slow in our path towards wisdom, that is in … Continue reading

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Classical Catholic Education: Defending and Promoting Life

Sometimes a thought is expressed so eloquently that the only thing left for us to do is to repeat it. Therefore since the Lyceum community is presently attending the Cleveland Right to Life Conference, I thought nothing could be more … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Education and The Lion and Ox

“The Lion and Ox” was very pleased to be quoted by Ken Connor who is a co-author of “Sinful Silence: When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty.”  He is also Chairman of the Center for a Just Society. Mr. Connor apparently … Continue reading

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Finisque ab Origine Pendet

Incidentally, I haven’t read much of the Roman poet Manlius who “flourished” in the first century AD. But his famous line “Finisque ab origine pendet” from the fourth book of his Astronomicon appears to have been adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy as … Continue reading

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Anaxagoras on Liberal Education

“Other things have a part of everything, but mind is unlimited and self-ruling and is mixed with nothing, but is itself alone by itself….” Anaxagoras, the great pre-Socratic philosopher who, Aristotle says, was like a sober man among drunkards was the … Continue reading

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“This Pertains Most Of All To Human Nature”

Speaking of the Third Commandment and the relevance that it has to liberal education, we can do no better than to hear the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman defend the very notion of “knowledge for its own sake.” This is the … Continue reading

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The Olive Wreath

When Xerxes discovered that the Greeks were celebrating the Olympic Festival  the first day after the battle of Thermopylae he asked a Greek deserter “for what do the Greek athletes contend?” When told that they were not competing for money … Continue reading

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Wisdom is the Most Honorable and Best Knowledge.

What better subject to contemplate on the Epiphany- a feast in which kings from the east found wisdom lying in a cradle and worshiped Him as that which is most honorable. Wisdom is in fact the most honorable kind of … Continue reading

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Wisdom is Liberal

Well I hate to say it, but the second (or third) characteristic of wisdom is that it is liberal. But of course we don’t mean ‘liberal’ as in ‘Teddy Kennedy liberal.’ We mean liberal as opposed to servile or what … Continue reading

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The first Characteristic of Wisdom

Speaking of wisdom, perhaps it would be good to review four characteristics that will help us to distinguish the kind of knowledge that it is. I do but merely transcribe from the fading memory of a certain lecture these humble … Continue reading

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