In the last two months the community at the ICCC has grown in a significant way: we welcomed four seminarians to the Heart’s Home Sacerdotal Molokai Fraternity and a sister to the Servants of God’s Presence Community to attend a philosophy session.
“We started up with a two-week class on the Doctrine of the Transcendentals given by Fr Jacques Bagnoud of the French Molokai Fraternity. It was based on two of Hans Urs von Baltahsar’s works ’The Glory of the Lord’ and ’The Theo-drama.’ We then had an introductory class on Fundamental Psychology, followed by a two-week session given by Fr Paul Anel from the Heart’s Home community of Brooklyn. This class was on two modern philosophers: Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber. We especially looked at their attempt to base ethics in the relationship between human persons. The seminar ended with a class on classical Metaphysics.
In order to put into practice what we were learning in the morning and evening lessons, we spent the daytime outside completing some construction projects. The philosophical categories of ’substance and accidents’, ’being and movement’, ’nature and technique’, became more obvious and concrete as the external walls of the house were being covered with exterior wood siding despite the cold weather, the snow showers and the freezing rains! Each one of the group went courageously on as days passed. In conclusion, we can say that building the house is an illustration to the inner building of the person that the study of philosophy offers.”