This web log is a place to conduct a conversation on the elusive nature or features of listening to and following God’s will. That is, it is concerned with the “how and why” of seeing with Eyes of Faith. Besides the “how and why” it is also about the “what.” What does one see in the world through Eyes of Faith? This component of the weblog is, alas, likely to be the preponderant content for some time. Seeing with eyes of faith is ultimately about viewing the world as a creature of a personal God.
The Catholic Encyclopedia cites St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae II-II, Q 81) in defining the virtue of religion as "a virtue whose purpose is to render God the worship due to Him as the source of all being and the principle of all government of things." When Mary Eberstadt writes about How the West Really Lost God (ISBN-10: 1599473798), she's referring to the decline of the virtue of religion in the general population. This is common knowledge among people who pay attention to these things. What is not common knowledge, however, is the root cause of the problem, a root cause that Eberstadt's book brilliantly uncovers. Immediately, on page 5, she declares:
The German Philosopher, Immanuel Kant had some clever things to say (as well as some not so clever things like his distinction between noumena and phenomena and how it relates to free will). One of his cleverer ideas was a kind of moral litmus test he referred to as the "categorical imperative" whose first formulation can be phrased as follows: "Always act according to that maxim whose universality as a law you can at the same time will."