10 May 2012

Questions for the Friar

Ask Father a Question (or something like that) was a regular feature on HancAquam for a year or two. . .mostly from emails or questions asked after Mass.

Let's start it up again!  Questions theological, philosophical, spiritual, Dominican, liturgical, culinary, etc. 

We'll call it something pretentious, like, Quaestionibus frater

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  1. Hi Father! We all know that Christ was fully Man and fully God. Does this mean that while he was walking around Galilee he was able to see behind his own head?

  2. When are you coming for steak, twice baked potato, grilled onions, and pecan pie?

  3. Father, what is the life and role of a Dominican helper brother?

  4. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Why Quaestionibus frater and not Quaestiones fratri?

    I studied at the Anselmianum when classes were still in "Latin". Of course, the Latin used by the profs varied greatly by their mother tongue.

    I was telling a story about a class while I was at dinner back at the motherhouse and quoted my American prof's invitation at the end of his lecture, "Suntne quaestiones?" One of the patres graviores at a neighboring table, an American but a Latinist, pounded on his table and growled loudly "No. No. No. Not "Suntne quaestiones"! It's "Si quis interrogaret!"

  5. ModerateRealist4:01 PM

    A question for the friar.

    While the doctrine of Original Sin is an excellent description of how mankind is, I believe it has big problems as an explanation to educated 21st century people of how we got to be this way.

    The evolutionary evidence is overwhelming that homo sapiens evolved from primates, animals who had already long known death and who were equipped with all the savage capacities that are, frankly, necessary to survive on planet earth. How does one understand “Adam and Eve” in a way that does not require us to imagine that there was a time when a homo sapiens couple had an undarkened intellect and a will unencumbered by anger, fear, and lust?

    As your confrere Aidan Nichols writes, “...unless evil marred the creation of humanity contingently (i.e., historically), it could only have done so essentially (i.e., by God's own creative act), which is unthinkable.” How can we imagine this historical event?

    I have asked the fellas at Godzdogz to take this as quodlibetal question twice, with no response.

  6. Brother:

    My husband and I are building a home altar. He's building, I'm doing the embroidery)

    My question: Before an home altar can be used (obviously just for private prayer not a mass) does it need to be blessed by an ordained minister (deacon, priest etc). If so, would the average pastor know the blessing?

  7. Do Dominicans have a special dispensation to wear their habits in place of an alb while celebrating Mass or is it just a handy custom? Have they always done that? Do they all do it?

  8. Here's one for you Father. How does a Catholic respond to the philosophy of Monism coming out of new age gurus like Eckhart Tolle. I'm finding a lot of my friends hold the view that there is no such thing as a transcendent God and we're all actually God, but I'm poorly equipped philosophically to argue against that idea. Any thoughts?