Which religious order do you think St. Theresa of Avila saw in her vision from God…

AM♥G Which religious order do you think St. Theresa of Avila saw in her vision from God, that would last until Christ's parousia -- the Dominicans or the Jesuits?
AM♥G Which religious order do you think St. Theresa of Avila saw in her vision from God, that would last until Christ’s parousia — the Dominicans or the Jesuits?

One of my helpers is working on this and says a) great question and b) it might be a bit. Watch this space for a follow-up.

Could you give me a reference to the specific vision you have in mind? Poitrey’s Vocabulario de Santa Teresa lists at least thirty references to orders in her work and I’d like to make sure I’m responding to the one you have in mind. In the meantime, we have a pretty extensive book collection on her life and works: http://bit.ly/bc-sta

Dominus Vobiscum …

V/Dominus Vobiscum R/ Et cum spiritu Tuum!!! V/Sursum Corda. R/c
V/Dominus Vobiscum R/ Et cum spiritu Tuum!!! V/Sursum Corda. R/c

For those not as well-versed in Latin: The Lord be with you. And with your spirit!!! Lift up your hearts. These are common phrases in the liturgy of the Christian church, dating back to the earliest periods of the church, and quite familiar to any Catholics accustomed to hearing the Mass in Latin.

Habemus ad Dominum
Habemus ad Dominum
v| Gratias agemus Domina Deo nostro r| Dignum et iustum est
v| Gratias agemus Domina Deo nostro r| Dignum et iustum est

Here’s a quick explanation of the Preface Liturgy (it comes before communion) in the Catholic mass, for those unfamiliar with it: bit.ly/preface-dialogue. For a deeper dive, here are 700 books on the history of the Catholic liturgy: bit.ly/BC-catholic-liturgy

WOW! Where can I find Latin Mass on campus?
WOW! Where can I find Latin Mass on campus?

Latin Mass is a relative rarity in the Church today. The only Latin Mass on campus these days is conducted in St. Joseph’s Chapel on upper campus Fridays at noon. See the full Mass Schedule at BC at http://bit.ly/MassBC. There is also a Latin Mass conducted at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston at 10AM on Sundays.

Latin Mass is also held in St. Joe's on Wednesdays @ noon!
Latin Mass is also held in St. Joe’s on Wednesdays @ noon!

I’m sorry I missed that! Can you speak to whomever runs the calendar of Mass at BC and have them add that? There’s currently no Latin Mass listed on Wednesdays. 🙁

Why do I exist?

Why do I exist? [response: (you're wanted + loved ❤️)]
Why do I exist? [response: (you’re wanted + loved ❤️)]

I think the response is lovely, and gets most of the way there. Here’s the other part: you also love in return.

According to Aristotle, Human being is in between Animal and God. The existence of Human being is to avoid the nature of animal and pursuing the God, so your existence is necessary
According to Aristotle, Human being is in between Animal and God. The existence of Human being is to avoid the nature of animal and pursuing the God, so your existence is necessary

Yes! That, too. So, you see, there are many, many possible reasons for you to exist.

What is happiness?

What is happiness?
What is happiness?

One of my helpers has this to share: “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust

How do you shoot your shot?

How do you shoot your shot?
How do you shoot your shot?

Move into space, aim, press circle (sometimes square), and hope for the best. If I score, I celebrate. If I miss, I blame scripting.

(Nike logo) Just Do It. (Under Armour logo) I Will)
(Nike logo) Just Do It. (Under Armour logo) I Will)

There’s an interesting rumor involving the two brands. Supposedly, Stephen Curry lost interest in becoming a Nike athlete after a disatrous presentation intended for Kevin Durant was mistakenly shown to him. While Nike has a well established reputation as an athletic apparel giant, it will be interesting to see how Under Armour tries to make a name for itself going forward.

Quick Q: Anyone know what the point is yet?

Quick Q: Anyone know what the point is yet?
Quick Q: Anyone know what the point is yet?

It’s okay if you don’t know what your point is, just know that everyone has a point. You’ll discover yours eventually- no rush. There is a great recording from 1970 called “The Point!” which uses a fable to say essentially that. Sadly, the library doesn’t own it, but there is a good plot synopsis here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Point!

Do the ends justify the means?

Do the ends justify the means? (...ever?) [Kant says no]
Do the ends justify the means? (…ever?) [Kant says no]

Kant says no; that’s correct. Aristotle has some useful things to say on this matter, too, in the Nicomachean Ethics (O’Neill Library B430.A5): action falls in a situation-dependent range, and virtuous action generally falls somewhere in the middle–the “golden mean” (e.g., neither overly brave nor overly timid, but adapted to the needs of the situation). You could take a deeper dive into ethics by looking up virtue ethics, deontological ethics (duties and rules) and consequentialism in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (plato.stanford.edu).

Okay, but is that to say that Machiavelli is morally wrong? I understand that Aristotle's point of view is tempting to accept but do you think some situations can require a Machiavellian understanding of ethics? Thanks!
Okay, but is that to say that Machiavelli is morally wrong? I understand that Aristotle’s point of view is tempting to accept but do you think some situations can require a Machiavellian understanding of ethics? Thanks!

Though there are some philosophers who argue that Machiavelli is not merely a political and historical thinker, but a political philosopher, few would credit him with a consistently reasoned ethic. Read this entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: bit.ly/SEP-machiavelli. He was concerned primarily with the behaviors of heads of non-democratic states, who, he argued, were not bound by the morals that constrained non-rulers. If this concern is important to you, I recommend a course in ethics in the philosophy department, such as Ethics of Peace and War or Ethics, Religion, and International Politics.

If God is omnipotent, “Alpha + Omega”, doesn’t that mean that, other’s final destination is already pre-determined? Why then continue trying to live a sacred life?!

If God is omnipotent, "Alpha + Omega", doesn't that mean that, other's final destination is already pre-determined? Why then continue trying to live a sacred life?!
If God is omnipotent, “Alpha + Omega”, doesn’t that mean that, other’s final destination is already pre-determined? Why then continue trying to live a sacred life?!

This is a subject of some debate in theological study. The idea of predestination, specifically that where people go after they die has already been decided by God is an idea they many believers don’t accept. Those who don’t agree with this way of thinking may prefer to give more credence to scripture, and the lessons that can be learned from it. As for the question of living in the event predestination were true, I would say everyone has priorities that more or less motivate their actions. While these priorities may not have much importance in regards to the afterlife, they may be important enough to dedicate time and energy towards while alive.

What’s your opinion on free will?

What's your opinion on free will? w/ or w/out a god, do we have free will?
What’s your opinion on free will? w/ or w/out a god, do we have free will?
We don't have free will
We don’t have free will

I believe everyone is free to believe whether or not they have free will. Although, I have to admit theories supporting the notion that people do not have free will are somewhat interesting. One example (from theosophy) is supposedly all events that have happened, are currently happening, and will happen are contained in a metaphysical database known as the Akashic Records. For more on free will, see the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry: plato.stanford.edu/entries/freewill/

Is the derivative or the integral of your life more important?

Is the derivative or the integral of your life more important?
Is the derivative or the integral of your life more important?

I’d say both, but in different ways. A derivative is going to tell you about what’s going on at a particular moment, and it’s important to live in the moment. But the whole area under the curve of your life is also important to show you the big picture. The derivative may cloud your mind during rough periods (“I’m going downhill fast!”), but integrating over the course of your life (with the limits being birth and death) can reassure you that this is just a phase.

Dear Wall, Do you identify as Catholic?

Dear Wall, Do you identify as Catholic? Also, what are the benefits of Catholicism compared to other religions? Thanks!
Dear Wall, Do you identify as Catholic? Also, what are the benefits of Catholicism compared to other religions? Thanks!

I’m here to be welcoming to all and I don’t want to give an answer that might make someone feel excluded, so I think I’d like to keep my religious beliefs a private matter. In terms of the other part of your question, my friends at Campus Ministry would be delighted to help you explore questions like that. bit.ly/BC-ministry

What’s the meaning of life (for a wall, or human)?

What's the meaning of life (for a wall, or human)?
What’s the meaning of life (for a wall, or human)?

I’m rather fond of my answer to this question from September 2017, so I’m going to be mindful of recycle it: 42! (PR6051.D3352 H5 1989) In all seriousness, Frederick Buechner said in Wishful Thinking : A Seeker’s ABC (BR95 .B785 1993), “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” which seems like a pretty good answer to this wall. A variation of this would be Fr. Michael Himes’ “Three Key Questions”: 1. What brings me joy? 2. What am I good at? 3. What does the world need me to be?

What if we never find a purpose in life?

1) What if we never find a purpose in life? 2) What's the definition of beauty? What's true beauty 3) Why do we question the world?
1) What if we never find a purpose in life? 2) What’s the definition of beauty? What’s true beauty 3) Why do we question the world?

1) Trust that you will if you’re serious about finding it, 2) True beauty is simultaneously in the eye of the beholder and the heart of the beheld, even though that might cause contradictions, 3) We question the world because it’s full of contradictions and injustices.

Can God make a meal so big he cannot eat it?

Can God make a meal so big he cannot eat it?
Can God make a meal so big he cannot eat it?

That is a delightful variation on a classic logic problem which lots of thinkers have addressed. It’s called the omnipotence paradox, and there are a variety of responses to it. Actually entertaining Wikipedia article: http://bit.ly/bc-omni. More technical discussion: bit.ly/bc-omni2. Aquinas argues that logic still applies: Even an omnipotent being can’t do something impossible. Augustine argues that God must act according to his nature, which means he can’t create anything omnipotent. The Wall’s favorite modern response is that the question is just a pile of words: if God is omnipotent, “could not eat” doesn’t make sense.

Why do we exist?

Why do we exist?
Why do we exist?

There are as many answers to this question as pages in this library, but they basically fall into two categories: teleological (related to purpose), or etiological (related to causes & origins). The first asks What is our purpose? and the second asks What caused us to be? Some might add a third category: phenomenological (related to experiences), which asks What is happening? You could do worse than to explore all three (teleology, etiology, and phenomenology) in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu. Me, I think we’re here to love.