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Christopher O. Blum is professor of history and philosophy at the Augustine Institute, where he also serves as academic dean. This article emerged from his continuing reflection on the practices and institutional forms that conduce to the attainment of Christian wisdom. His most recent work is a translation of an early tract by St. Francis de Sales, published by Sophia Institute Press as The Sign of the Cross.


Ken Colston is the codirector of admissions and chairman of the English department at Thomas Jefferson School, a classical preparatory school in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his BA in English and French from Northern Kentucky University in 1978. From there he earned three master’s degrees: the first in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, the second in writing from Johns Hopkins University, and the third in liberal arts from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College, Annapolis. In addition, he studied classics at the University of Rouen, France, and theology and philosophy at The Paul VI Institute in St. Louis. He teaches English, French, and Latin and has been contributing articles to newspapers, magazines, and journals for the past twenty-five years.


Jennifer Lynn Daigle is a graduate student at Georgia State University, where she is completing her master’s degree in philosophy. She received her baccalaureate in philosophy from Providence College. She is currently working on questions related to agency in Nietzsche and Aristotle. As a member of the American Weil Society, she contributed to the Weil Society’s annual colloquy for the past two years.


Richard De Brasi is a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Newark and graduate student in systematic theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Hunter College and studied philosophy at Seton Hall University. He is currently working on a translation of a collection of works by Antonio Millan-Puelles, an eminent Spanish philosopher who has made major contributions in the areas of phenomenology, logic, and metaphysics.


Joseph R. Laracy is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and licentiate student in fundamental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He studied ecclesiastical philosophy at Immaculate Conception Seminary in New Jersey and entered the theologate at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, earning the STB degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2012. Father Laracy has a master of science degree in engineering systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science in computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His recent articles have appeared in Homiletic and Pastoral Review and Faith magazine.


Edward T. Oakes, SJ is professor of theology at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, the Catholic seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1979. He earned his PhD in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1987 and has taught at New York University and Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of numerous works on Hans Urs von Balthasar, including Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar; the editor of German Essays on Religion; and the coeditor, with David Moss, of the Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar. Among other works, Oakes has translated Balthasar’s The Theology of Karl Barth: Exposition and Interpretation, the Epilog to his fifteen-volume theological trilogy, and Josef Pieper’s The Concept of Sin. His most recent book is Infinity Dwindled to Infancy: A Catholic and Evangelical Christology.


David Salter is lecturer in English literature at the University of Edinburgh. His principal teaching and research interests lie in the culture of the later Middle Ages and early modern period, with a particular focus on the genres of romance and saints’ lives. He is the author of Holy and Noble Beasts: Encounters with Animals in Medieval Literature (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2001), and he is currently completing a study of the cultural afterlife of the Franciscans in England, which will be published by Oxford University Press.


Terence Sweeney is a graduate student in philosophy and a teaching fellow at Loyola...

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