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The Christian tradition of contemplative prayer is intimately connected to the Dominican commitment to veritas. This is borne out by a historical review of five methods of prayer: a methodical ascent toward God, a finding God in all things, the uniquely Christian contemplation of God's goodness, a contemplation of events in the life of Christ, and a contemplation of the world as God contemplates it. Recent explorations by Martin Heidegger and Eric Voegelin of how cultures symbolize the drama of life and the descriptions of this drama presented by the bishops of Vatican II have recovered the veritas of a saving drama of the world as God contemplates it. 13 pages.
Reflections on "Meeting Death with Faith" (subtitle). The reflections center around the death of Matty Ventresca, who, at birth, was born with a damaged heart and was expected to live no more than 10 years. He died after nine years, but lived in death's shadow in ways that many adults do well to learn. The contents include accounts of how people of different cultures and religions regard death, how all people not only imagine the reality of death but also assert certain truths about remains an awesome mystery. The book was originally published in 1991 and is no longer in print. The version here is available for copying and distribution without permission. 138 pages.
Six prayers at anchor to get our
Plus 12 Kyries composed for Pope Francis' Year of Mercy ('15-'16) at a local parish. 18 pp.
A few dozen short prayers while sailiing in calm seas or troubled waters. 18 pp.
A definition of the field of the arts as including aesthetic movements that occur within the affective-imaginal realm of self-awareness, in both their creators and their publics. These movements promote and provide direction to the self-transcending events at every level of consciousness. Key functions of the arts are identified: how artworks mean, what makes their images of human living "honest," and how they "heal" a fractured self-awareness. 8 pages.
An account of the historical development of secularism, followed by reflections on the need for a "mutual exposure of horizons" between secularists and religious believers. 13 pages.
A link to 28 adult education lectures, arranged in four sections: Intelligence, Strategies, Communicating, and Faith. Lonergan's mind is evident throughout.
A guide for teenagers to know "how to be" and "how not to be." 14 pages.
A lecture given to graduating seniors at Siena Heights University. 8 pages.
Three distinct kinds of guilt, and
their corresponding kinds of healing, based on the works of the Freudian
psychologists Karen Horney and Claudio Naranjo.
Eight questions about what God is like, given the reality that we all die. Based on the life of Matty Ventresca, who was born with half a heart, and died at nine years old. This account is taken from ch. 3 of my We Love You Matty: Meeting Death with Faith. 38 pages.
An exploration of how those who care for the dying might attend to their faith, charity, and hope. 8 pages.
An adaptation of Ignatius' "Contemplation to Attain Love," to incorporate being in love both with God and neighbor. 6 pages.
The effect on the composition of the Spiritual Exercises of reform movements in the Church, a military attitude toward spirituality, and avoidance of mentioning the Holy Spirit. 13 pages
An account of how Ignatius keen sense of moderation in practical matters was the fruit of an extreme vigilance over interior movements of thoughts and feelings. 11 pages.
An account of how Ignatius' intellectual realism grounded his sense of objectivity and enabled him to identify "grace," "thoughts," and "desire" as key categories in a spiritual theology. 16 pages.
Rules for testing which interior inspirations are likely from God and which are not. 6 pages.
Rules for testing which stories represent the movements of God in history and which do not. 4 pages.
A correspondence over several years with Jerry Graham, SJ, about spirituality and the arts, with particular emphasis on Jesuit spirituality. 77 pages.
A collection of passages from the letters of St. Ignatius Loyola. 19 pages.
Three Christian doctrines suitable for inclusion in academic study: Human progress & decline, the mysterious nature of the real, and the connection between the mission of the college and personal vocation. 13 pages.
A lecture on the history, the philosophy, and the current political, social, and economic thinking about the common good. 10 pages.
An exploration of the ground of Christian community in a "common consciousness" as defined by Lonergan. 12 pages.
Based on an assertion that people do not want to think. Developed with emphasis on the four biases identified by Lonergan, plus a bias of "secularism." 11 pages.
An analysis of the functions of desire as it relates to spirituality. Originally published in The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, ed. Michael Downey. Liturgical Press, 1993, pp. 265-269. 5 pages
An introduction to an integration of religious and secular views on ethics. Includes an exercise in preparing a personal advance directive form on the end of life. Key elements: Good as self-absorption vs self-transcendence. Religion and moral impotence. Comparisons of religious and secular ethical criteria. Finding common ground. 13 pages.
An analysis of the meaning of "experience" as it relates to spirituality. Originally published in The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, ed. Michael Downey. Liturgical Press, 1993, pp. 365-377. 16 pages.
An essay on vision and mission in Christian higher learning based on a survey of 15 Christian-based colleges. Included is a proposal to include Jesus the Nazarene as the source and founder of the college's mission. 16 pages.
An analysis of how artists make artistic decisions and how these decisions can be affected by biases. 34 pages.
Lectures and history. Aligns historical technological advances with three fundamental developments in the Human Condition: Jasper's Axial Period, Modern Science, and Praxis in Human Studies. Particular attention to the growing links between technology and political economies. 97 pages.
A college-level lecture on the six modes of thinking that have emerged in history. It serves as a preparation for studying religious beliefs. 11 pages.
A college-level lecture addressing the question, "How does a community of faith ensure that readers of the Bible correctly grasp the significance of their reading?" Includes brief explanations of Lonergan on community, hermeneutics, horizon, conversion, and the self-correcting process of learning, with additional emphases on Doran's psychic conversion and Voegelin's saving tale. Incorporates a hermeneutics that combines personal inspiration and author-engagement. Sketches the resolution of differences in a dialectical forum. 23 pages.
An account of the emergence of modern science and how the knowledge it brings relates to religious knowledge. Particular emphasis is given on how the human sciences affect people's ordinary religious beliefs. 10 pages.
How the question of God arises from wonder about our historicity, our nature, our personal existence, and our religion. 13 pages.
An account of how the emblematic (mythical/symbolic) factor of the Christian Story invites readers to take seriously the events of history and the events of the heart. 27 pages.
A brief history covering (I) Scripture (2) Turn to Philosophy, (3) Ethical Systems, (4) Faith & Works, (5) Turn to the Subject, and (6) 20th Century Issues.Updated May 2016
Marquette University Press, 2010
Table of Contents
Study Guide with references to
The Lonergan Reader
(University of Toronto Press, 1997).
Exercises for noticing the norms in consciousness. Part of an effort to provide a common ground for assessing any ethical principles and moral views.
Definitions of basic terms. 12 pages
An extension of Lonergan's generalized empirical method into the field of ethics. Covers moral knowing, objectivity, metaphysics, existential dimensions, method in ethics, and education in ethics.
A discussion of what objectivity means in moral opinions and decisions. 20 pages
Text of a presentation on the revolution that a generalized empirical method can bring about in ethics.
Defines "open" as being open to learning about learning, choosing how we choose, and letting our lives be led by love. These definitions are meant respectively to clarify what intellectual, moral and affective conversions mean for anyone concerned about method in ethics. This treatment is a modified version of chapter 7 in my Doing Better: The Next Revolution in Ethics. 36 pages.
"Being in Love": An article published in 1995, plus six addenda on later materials regarding a "5th level." 26 pages.
An entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Covers the main ideas in Lonergan's works, with special emphasis on ethics. 29 pages.
A short introduction for students. 8 pages.
A list of 61 key terms, followed by the main primary sources. 9 pages.
An introduction to how key ideas in Lonergan's work relate to spirituality. (1985 original out of print) 242 pages.
I grew up in Detroit and now live in Royal Oak, MI with my wife, Dorothy Seebaldt. Under the direction of Fred Crowe, I wrote my doctoral thesis on Lonergan's development of the ideas of community and progress. The doctorate was awarded by St. Michael's College / University of Toronto.
I was then hired to teach theology at Regis College/ University of Toronto. Some years later I accepted the position of Director of Novices for the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus for five years. I then left the Jesuits and taught at University of Detroit Mercy; Marygrove College, and currently in totally online courses at Siena Heights University.
I'm interested ethics, art, music, and the works of Lonergan. I published several books and articles in these subjects. I also provide occasional drawings for America magazine.