The Western Confucian

I came across an interesting blog by the name of The Western Confucian, written by “An American Catholic son-in-law of Korea” who writes for various journals. 

A couple of things in particular pricked my interest. First is this Confucius saying: 

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right” ─ Confucius.

This rings true with the Catholic faith; it just goes to show how evident natural law is across all cultures. 

The second is the biographical link to the blog’s namesake, Matteo Ricci. It’s well-worth the read, especially if you’re Chinese, or are interested in how Catholicism came to interact with China and Confucism. 

Matteo Ricci was an Italian Jesuit priest and missionary, scientist, humanist, and educator–a Renaissance Man. He ranks as the most cultivated man of his time and “one of the most remarkable and brilliant men of history.” The founder of the modern Chinese Church, Matteo Ricci is respected as a national figure even by the Chinese Communist Party.


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