Arrival : The Parousian Weblog  

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Philosophical ponderings, cultural criticism, and spiritual substance from Catholics viewing life through the Sacraments - in other words, our attempt at bringing the new evangelization into the academy.

The Parousia is the Greek word for arrival, and all of us are at least hoping to get there. In extended Christian circles, it refers to the second coming. While we are not expecting the apocalypse in our lifetime, we figure we best be ready for it anyway. God has His way of bringing down the proud, and it reminds us to be humble. Kings and kingdoms fall, and one day each of us will be judged. "Lord, come quickly" should be every Christian's prayer. More specifically to our circle, the Catholic sees the Parousia at the moment of consecration when the bread and wine become the Body and the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus arrives everyday in the flesh. It is this sacramental view of life that teaches us how to see our culture.

The Parousians are a community of friends who formed a Catholic philosophical and literary society, concerned primarily with discerning the culture with worldviews thoroughly informed by the Catholic faith, with revitalizing Catholic intellectual life without forfeiting obedience, and with carrying the New Evangelization into the academy. Our common foundation is a commitment to excellence in thoughtful inquiry and endeavor rooted in dynamic orthodoxy, characterized by loyalty to the Church, to her teaching, and to the Vicar of Christ, the Pope.

Our primary methods include creating study circles that will delve deeply into issues of faith and culture, fostering a network of local groups and individuals who share in this vision, providing educational opportunities and practical experience for emerging Catholic thinkers, offering support for other thinkers considering the Catholic faith, and creatively using various media forms to evangelize intellectual life.

Our emphasis includes resisting the tyranny of relativism; opening the eyes of our peers to a sacramental vision of life; shining a light on the rich intellectual tradition of Catholicism; recovering the sense of the sacred; developing a complete apologetic rooted in truth, beauty and goodness; uncovering the classics of Catholic spirituality; and promoting the teaching of the Holy Father.

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