Paths of Love is a personal blog of Joseph Bolin, where I express my thoughts on themes relating to spiritual and Christian life, especially the universal vocation to love and holiness, on themes that I am working on academically, or on other topics that I am asked about or am interested in.
I received my bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a Masters and Licentiate in sacred theology from the International Theological Institute in Austria, and am currently writing a doctoral dissertation in theology for the University of Vienna.
I have taught Latin courses for the Austrian Program of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, philosophy and theology for the International Theological Institute, and lectured on ethics for the Seminary of the Servants of Jesus and Mary. My focus is on St. Thomas Aquinas, and I have translated into English the questions of Aquinas's Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard concerning the moral virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
I am a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Vienna, and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology for the International Theological Institute.
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You have great information on your website and blog.
Just some feedback – it would be even better if you considered updating your background/theme and font for easier viewing… (maybe at least the website's font..)
Thanks for all the great info!
Thanks! I've now changed the font from the one that came with the blogging software, to use whatever default font the user's browser is set up for, as I am against forcing a particular choice on users unless there is a particular need to do so, which I don't think is present in this case.
I am so stunned to find your writings. The clarity and precision that you achieve with the expansiveness of love as guiding principle is stunning. I have spent many years involved in Internet discussion with Orthodox believers and so I work hard to keep my language small and clear and as directly tied to meaning as possible. That kind of bi-lateral discussion can be profoundly frustrating as an exercise, but to come here to read will become my reserve, and place of peace. Thank you!
I lived in Vienna for nearly two years and loved living in a city that felt like a wedding cake. 🙂 Ie attending the English language Masses at St. Francis-Mexikoplatz. Such a diverse group of Catholics gathered there each week! Looking forward to learning more about the faith from your blog.
All the best,
Echoing another commentator—I love the clarity, precision, and balance of your writings. Your discussion of marriage and celibacy in particular has really helped me understand the nature of vocation. So: thank you!