Catholicism is rankled by many centrifugal forces. These movements have created many ideas as to what Catholicism is. Some of these forces are more liberalize, others more traditional. The goal of Le Nouvel Esprit is to bring Catholic personalism into the dialogue by navigating around these forces to strive for what is authentically Catholic.
We approach today's problems from the perspectives of personalism as found in existentialism, phenomenology, and Catholicism; thinkers such as Karol Wojtyla, Dietrich von Hildebrand, and Edith Stein.
We follow truth where truth leads us. Some of our influences include the communio theologians and the nouvelle theogiae.
Our first aim is to present Catholic point of views grounded in tradition but not traditionalist. The term "traditionalist" has been co-opted by groups which consider themselves as faithful to the deposit of faith and yet reject the current Magisterium in some manner. We therefore object to this co-option and seek to reinstate the term its positive meaning.
Our second aim is to defend the Magisterium. Many individuals and groups for example consider Vatican II to be a rupture from the deposit of faith. Our aim is to defend the teachings of Vatican II as a legitimate expression of the deposit of faith.
Our third aim is to reinvigorate the notions of beauty and value in aesthetics. We plan to discuss literature, films, paintings, music, and the applied arts.
Who We Are
I am a high school mathematics instructor. I possess a BS in Applied Mathematics from Eastern Oregon University, MA in Theology and MA in Philosophy, both from Franciscan University.
My interests span across many subjects including phenomenology, existentialism, personalism, theology of the body, bioethics, metaphysics, 19th century Russian literature, classics, and movies.
After a decade of studying and teaching the Hebrew Bible—and a brief stint in corporate banking and finance—I chose to fulfill my true vocation and devote myself entirely to the Great Books. My particular interest areas include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Pascal, Nietzsche, Tolstoy, Heidegger, and Strauss. My most recent occupations are Aesthetics, American Literature, and Dietrich von Hildebrand.
I am a proud graduate of Central Catholic High school (San Antonio, TX) and hold a Bachelor of Liberal Arts cum laude from Harvard University. I am currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts focusing on Philosophy and Theology at St. John's College (Annapolis). I teach Literature, History, and Economics at a Classical Academy in San Antonio, TX.
I am a middle school teacher in my native Los Angeles, and I am an ardent follower of the Intellectual Dark Web. A passionate pursuer of truth, I earned my BA in Psychology and BA in Chicano Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills, and MA in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.