posted Jan 30, 2012, 7:19 PM by Michael Demkovich

Since those easy days in the mountains of Colorado I have had quite the adventure.  My two year time at Oxford ended and being a religious I was obedient to my provincial's desire for me to return to the province.  Fortunately he has agreed to allow me to split my time and the plan is that I will be teaching part time at our School of Theology, in St. Louis and part time at Blackfriars, Oxford.  Needless to say it is an arrangement that I obey gladly.

This reality meant another major transition as I took leave of Blackfriars and my pleasant little room overlooking St. Giles Street and my being assigned full time to the Dominican community at Blackfriars and moving to my new community.  I am now 'assigned' to St. Louis Bertrand House in St. Louis and teaching at Aquinas Institute.  These are both outstanding opportunities and both AI and Bfriars are fantastic Dominican institutions. 

I have to say that my new digs leave me admiring the way they took an old factory building and turned it into a first rate theological school with a fantastic library, chapel, and a first rate media preaching lab.  The faculty and students have been great and I am slowly getting settled into an American academic schedule which is very different from the system  I left.  For starters I go from having had 
one-hour lectures to classes that run 2.5 hours.  It makes for more interchange and greater discussion (something that would occur in the tutorials of Oxford).  Also the gracious Oxford term was only 8 weeks whereas the American semester goes for 16.    I am glad that my U.S. teaching will be in the Springs!

Needless to say with all these transitions I have had to change my routine and my hope for a book on hope will have to wait until time this summer.  But that is the Dominican way, it took Thomas Aquinas nine years to write his famous Summa and never really finished it.  I hope my book on hope takes less time than that.

Rockie Mountain Writing

posted Aug 21, 2011, 2:14 PM by Michael Demkovich

I do not know where the summer has gone but it has been a great time being back in the U.S.  I still continue to work on hope during my spare time.  I was fortunate to be able to spend two weeks in the Colorado Rockies writing, or trying to write.  I managed to draft two chapters and get more research done on the book.  I wrote most morning from morning until 1:00 pm then I would hike afternoons or just relax.  

It was easy to write about Hope in such an ideal location, even though the chapters I was working on dealt with our loss of hope.

I was lucky to have a little less than two weeks and wish it were a lot more.  The challenge will be to continue the project even in the midst of  all the other things I need to do.

Well enough for now.

Losing Hope

posted May 25, 2011, 11:47 AM by Michael Demkovich

If hope is about something future, a new moment, a different situation, one has to believe in the possible.  

I wonder if we lose hope when instead of looking to the future we dwell on the past.  We think the source of hope is found in fixing something from the past.  

It makes sense to ask how we might correct our moral short-comings, fix defects, etc. but hope isn't about a self-fix.
We hope that some power, some force, some providential reality will act, will manifest justice, will redress wrongs.

No wonder people lose hope when they think they are the solution.  

In a certain sense the virtue need for our working towards solutions is confidence.  It is faith, but it isn't hope.  

Our loss of hope seems to me to be the result of our 'not looking for', our not waiting expectantly.  We lose hope when we think it is about today and not tomorrow.

Time plays an important role in hope.  One has to embrace the future.

More thoughts on Hope

posted May 21, 2011, 3:45 AM by Michael Demkovich   [ updated May 21, 2011, 4:10 AM ]

It seems to me that hope and faith are born of the same mother. 

How can a person really hope without believing and how can one believe without really hoping?  

They seem inseparable yet they are distinct.  

What is the special provenance of each and what chambers of the human heart do they enter?

What do we mean when we talk about a situation as hopeless?  

What makes a person want to "give up"?

Is prayer possible without hope?


posted May 13, 2011, 5:36 AM by Michael Demkovich   [ updated May 22, 2011, 7:54 AM ]

I am currently scribbling on  hope. 

Why do we hope?  

What gives us hope?  

Who are the people that inspire hope and why?  

Is hope self-deception?  

Does being religious make one more hopeful?   

Do we hope differently at different ages in our life?  

Why do people give up hope?  

How does hope relate to love?  Does love make people more hopeful?

What gives you hope?  

Do you think the world is getting better and why?  

When was the last time you were hopeful and for what reason?  

If you have any thoughts your comments are much appreciated.

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