Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity reflect on their calling to consecrated life as Catholic women religious. Novice Sister Cecilia Joy introduces this series on the Beauty of Religious Life using some wisdom of Blessed John Duns Scotus.
A significant philosopher-theologian along with Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham in Western Europe in the time of the high Middle Ages, Duns Scotus’ writings are very numerous. A Franciscan , he enjoyed writing on disputed questions. His complex argument for the existence of God and his logic in arriving at the Immaculate Conception of Mary have strengthened others in the Catholic belief. Other doctrines for which he is also known are the “univocity of being”, the formal distinction, and the idea of haecceitas, the property in each individual thing that makes it an individual. This is Sister Cecilia Joy’s starting point in her introduction.
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