Catholic News website Aleteia.org announced today that Christendom College philosophy professor and department chair Dr. John Cuddeback is now one of its regular contributors.
This morning Aleteia is very pleased to introduce as a new regular contributor Dr. John Cuddeback, professor of philosophy at Christendom College, member of the Aleteia board of experts, and author of one of the most exciting new blogs on the digital horizon, Bacon from Acorns, devoted to the oft-neglected "philosophy of household." He is also the author of True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness. John has a gift for making classical wisdom relevant to all the small, and not so small, details of daily life in the contemporary world. We at Aleteia know you are going to enjoy John's wisdom, which will be appearing here every other Wednesday.
In his inaugural column, Dr. Cuddeback discussed the virtue of hope in light of the beginning of a new year. He wrote:
Youth, at least traditionally, is a time characterized by hope. The young have dreams, and they look to the future with the expectation that their dreams will be fulfilled. For the middle aged — and I know this first hand — hope does not come so naturally. Presumably, the vicissitudes of life — and perhaps especially the difficulty of finding relationships that really endure — are a main cause of the diminution of hope with age. It might seem reasonable to conclude that hope is a sign of a lack of the knowledge that comes of experience.
Part of living in hope is letting go of past burdens. Although some suffering is not the result of our own failings, other suffering is. In order to effectively let go of past burdens, we need to learn the difference. And learning the difference, we can seek forgiveness and begin to amend our life where necessary. Then all our burdens can be in some sense released, even if they’re still being endured. And looking to the new year with hope — a hope rooted in clear vision and faithful heart — we can be ready for the ‘youth’ of the coming time.
Check back at Aleteia.org for more articles by Dr. Cuddeback in the coming weeks.
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