Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Catholic Response to Loneliness

On Friday, March 15, Martin Moreno presented his capstone project to the seminary community.  He entitled his capstone "The Age of Loneliness and Anxiety: A Catholic Response."


Martin Moreno

Martin provided a brief handout with his thesis and quotations that illustrated the major points of his capstone:

Thesis: God, in Sacred Scriptures, and in particular in Jesus Christ in St. John's Gospel, offers the human person an answer and addresses the human phenomenon of loneliness.

No longer do I call you servants . . . but I have called you friends.
- John 15:15

It is the law of friendship that friends should live together . . . Christ has not left us without his bodily presence in this our pilgrimage, but he joins us to himself in this sacrament in the reality of his body and blood.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Many grapes hang on the bunch, but the liquid which runs out of them mingles together in unity.
- St. Augustine

He [knew] that in a short time almost everyone [would] abandon him, and nonetheless he calls them "friends."
- Christoph Cardinal Schonborn

Martin with some of his college-four classmates prior to his presentation.

Dr. Owen Cummings served as the director for Martin's project, Fr. Paschal Cheline, OSB, served as his first reader, and Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB, served as the English standards reader.

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