During this Lent (of 2016) I decided to rename this blog “Truth vs Reality.”
It began as The Spiritual Advocate which started as a “Dear Abby” concept in a newspaper called The Global Exclaimer that I used to write and send to my family and which turned into a community newspaper which I ran for a year and which turned into a blog when I closed my paper. I write occasionally there. Very occasionally.
I actually drew the above picture and am really glad I scanned it in one day because the original is lost. The subtitle of the Spiritual Advocate column was “The Eye is Open”. Catchy, right?
At the time, I did not make the connection to the Holy Spirit, aka the Paraclete or the Advocate. But, it was intended to be something of a tongue in cheek religious advice column that would secretly have something useful to say.
I have now given up the fake advice business and turned the idea of the Spiritual Advocate into this blog of things that spring to mind rather episodically. However, you can still ask questions via the helpful “Ask The Spiritual Advocate” tab at the top of the page. Your question will be answered whether you realize it or not…
BUT, I realized that I was retaining the name Spiritual Advocate for sentimental reasons, when in fact the blog has really gone off on a direction seemingly of its own choosing, but which has something to do with Truth and Reality.
I am an adherent to the correspondence theory of truth. Simply put this theory holds that the test of truth is reality.
“To say that that which is, is not and that which is not is, is a falsehood; therefore to say, that which is, is and that which is not is not, is true”. – Aristotle in Metaphysics
Or put another way, truth is descriptive of reality. And yes that means that Frater Bovious is an ontological realist.
There are people that disagree with this theory. In general I find them incoherent or dishonest, aka metaphysical idealists. But, because the ideas of metaphysical idealists permit people to lie to themselves such that they can do whatever they want, it is becoming the predominant world view. A very incoherent and sloppy-thought world view, and in my mind the root of all evil.
Frater Bovious is not my real name. Fooled you didn’t I. It is a play on words, Bovious, Obvious, Bovine – and has to do with The Hermetic Order Of The Ruminantia (THOOTR) about which nothing more may be said unless you are of the Herd. I also did not make the connection to Aquinas the “Dumb Ox”, so-called. Well, actually no one did, so never mind.
May 31, 2014 I graduated cum laude from Ave Maria University with a Master of Theological Studies in Pastoral Theology. It is this degree to which I owe my conviction regarding the correspondence theory of truth.
This is a Catholic Blog, in that it is written by a Catholic with the intent of being a faithful series of ruminations on things God and Church aka Truth and Reality. It is not however in any way endorsed or approved by the Holy See or the local ordinary, no doubt simply because they haven’t run across it yet. So, where the opinions here match up with the will of God and the Teachings of the Catholic Church, all the glory to God, and where they fail to do so, mea culpa.
Lastly I became interested in becoming a Lay Dominican in June of 2015 and am currently in the Inquiry phase. I am hoping to move to the Candidate phase in June or July of this year. (This actually happened on July 17th, thanks be to God.) Then, hopefully, I will make temporary promises in June of 2017 and be a lay member of the Order of Preachers.
Frater Bovious, AKA Mark Connolly, M.T.S. and eventually, God Willing, OP
“Non nisi te, Domine. Non nisi te.”
- Who is Abby Anyways? (dearabbydiaries.wordpress.com)