Quo vadis, blogger? Or, roughly translated, why, bother, blogger?
Why blog indeed? There are myriads of blogs out there, and one more may not make that much difference, so why?
Aristotle said that intention is first in the order of execution; we must ask why we are doing something, for there is always a ‘why’, whether we are fully conscious of it or not.
There are two basic reasons I begin this blog. The first is to clarify my own thoughts, for nothing makes evident our knowledge of a topic than writing about it (o, in a similar and more public way, teaching it). On that note, hopefully, such honesty with my own mind will help in my primary vocation as a teacher.
It is only secondarily that my musings and reflections are intended to help others. If my words are read, and give others something to ponder, well and good. If not, at least the first intention will hopefully be fulfilled.
I make no bones about being Catholic, and one of my intentions is to attempt to bring the wisdom of Catholic teaching to bear upon the world. In particular, the Catechism, the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, Magisterial teaching, will be used, whether explicitly or not, to provide principles for discussion.
Even if you disagree, the search for truth is a cooperative endeavour, the most important of all man’s strivings; disagreement and subsequent dialogue can lead us to grasp the truth more fully and completely, so let the journey begin.
August 20, 2014
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux