#53: The 19 Things That Love Is

On today’s episode, we conclude our discussion on the Song of Solomon and talk about the 19 things that love is according to Dr. Kreeft.

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“Celebrate and reverence God’s vision of human sexuality.”

 

Saint Quote of the Week

“There are in Holy Scripture many songs of praise; but only one is styled the Canticle of canticles. Moses, Israel, Deborah, Judith, and many others, sang a song to the Lord to glorify Him for wonders received at His hands; but only Solomon, the wise and pacific king (crowned with glory and goods and blessings, living in perfect peace, in no need of the gifts and deliverances for which others gave thanks), only he sang, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, the glory of Jesus Christ and of the Church, in their mystical, eternal espousals; an Epithalamium celebrating the aspirations of a holy soul, and the transports of a purely spiritual joy, to the glory of Him who is the King of kings, and Lord of lords; for whose sake, as He is above all, and His praise most excellent, the Song of Solomon is called the Canticle of canticles.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux (On the Love of God: Including Fragments from a Fragment by St. Bernard: His Last Work)

 

Recommended Reading / Listening

Douay-Rheims translation or Knox translation of the Song of Solomon

You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible by Dr. Peter Kreeft (The 19 things that love is discussed on today’s episode came from the chapter on the Song of Solomon in this book)

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

The song Set Me As A Seal (Live) by Matt Maher

 

Challenge of the Week

Pick out a couple of the 19 things that love is and try to implement them into your life in a concrete way. You may need to go back and listen through the episode to find a couple that you want to work on.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. What do you think about the 19 things that love is identified by Dr. Peter Kreeft?
2. Can you think of any other examples of “what love is”?
3. Does anything in the Song of Solomon remind you of your spouse? Discuss with your spouse.

 

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#52: Email Replies and Song of Solomon

Only Dan could turn a “minicast” into an hour and a half episode! He replies to a couple emails received about his episode on the head versus the heart. He also discusses the Song of Solomon.

 

Resources mentioned on this episode

Book review of St. Thomas Aquinas For Everyone by Dave Palmer
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Interview on Relevant Radio about A Walk Through the Catholic Bible
Purchase A Walk Through the Catholic Bible on Amazon
Summa I, Q. 82, A. 3 (Whether the will is a higher power than the intellect?)

 

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Word of God

I had a recent reflection on the term “word of God”. We refer to Jesus (second person of the trinity) as the word of God. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God, etc.” -John 1.

Although Jesus had two wills (divine and human), his human will was not swallowed up by his divinity (poor Pope Honorius received a harsh condemnation in Third Constantinople for not standing up against this which is a topic for another time). With that said, his human will co-existed with his divine will and was in perfect harmony with his divine will. His human will never contradicted his divine will, but it was still necessary to have that human will (just like his human body and soul) so that he was fully “human” in order to redeem us.

Likewise, we use the phrase “word of God” to also refer to scripture, which has a parallel notion of humanity and divinity co-existing. The humanity of the human authors (their writing style, culture, etc.) was not swallowed up (or absorbed) by the divine message from God, but co-existed with the divine word without contradicting it. Just as the human nature was necessary in Jesus to redeem us, the humanity of the human authors of scripture was necessary to put the divine “word of God” into human form using human phrases that we can understand and relate to.

Jesus lowered himself and took on human form (Phillippians 2) in the same way that God lowered his perfect and complete intellect to speak to us in a way that we can understand through scripture.

Happy Trinity Sunday and God bless you all!

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#41: Servants (minicast)

On today’s episode, we discuss what it means to be a servant.

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Dinner Table Questions

1. What are some ways that you could be more of a servant?
2. Do you often feel like you are on “autopilot” throughout the day? Does this hinder your ability to pay attention to the world around you?
3. Do you feel like you do too much of the talking during prayer? Do you ever pause to say “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”?

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#38: Beatitudes (Part 2 of 2)

This is part two of our episode on the eight beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew.

Part two of this episode covers the last four beatitudes:
1. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
2. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
3. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
4. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Click HERE for part one of this episode.

Saint Quotes of the Week

Mercy

“The reward here seems at first to be only an equal return; but indeed it is much more; for human mercy and divine mercy are not to be put on an equality.” – St. John Chrysostom

Pure in Heart

“The merciful loses the benefit of his mercy, unless he shows it from a pure heart; for if he seeks to be merciful to boast, he loses the fruit of his deeds.” – St. Ambrose

Peacemakers

“The peacemakers are pronounced blessed, they namely who make peace first within their own hearts, then between brethren at variance. For what avails it to make peace between others, while in your own heart are wars of rebellious vices.” – St. Jerome

“The blessedness of the peacemakers is the reward of adoption, they shall be called the sons of God. For God is our common parent, and no other way can we pass into His family than by living in brotherly love together.” – St. Hilary

Persecuted

“The eighth beatitude shows the perfect complete character. In the first then and the eighth, the kingdom of heaven is named, for the first seven go to make the perfect man, the eighth manifests and proves his perfectness, that all may be conducted to perfection by these steps.” – St. Augustine

Recommended Reading and Listening

You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible by Dr. Peter Kreeft

The Cross and the Beatitudes: Lessons on Love and Forgiveness by Venerable Fulton Sheen

Catholic Audiobook: St. Thomas Aquinas for Lent by Alleluia Audiobooks

Challenge of the Week

Take time to read the beatitudes (Matt 5: 1-12) every day for a week. Set concrete goals this Lent to improve your life with the beatitudes.

Dinner Table Questions

1. Which beatitude do you struggle living out the most?
2. What does it mean to you to be “poor in spirit”?
3. What does it mean to you to be “meek”?

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