Extracts from a few of my favourite essays I wrote during my undergraduate degree.
“Outline some of the personalities of the early Church in Melbourne.” (Church in Australia Essay, 2017) - By Moira M Tauiliili
Part of Introduction: The history of Catholic Melbourne, although not obvious to the untrained eye, is embedded in the city’s infrastructure. Whether it is because a building, an auditorium, a classroom or statue is made in honour of the patrons and matrons of colonial catholic Victoria, or whether the building itself dates back to the mid-1800’s, the history of Catholic Melbourne is present. In every brick and fragment of cement, even in the artwork that these places house – the story of the Church in Australia is waiting to be discovered. The history of the Church in Victoria does not fall short of disputes, however, overall the story itself is best told through the chronicles of the individuals and major features of the early Church that made Catholic Melbourne what it is today.
A Study in Black: Was there an abiding Benedictine influence at Westminster Abbey after the dissolution is 1540? (Reformation History Essay, 2016) - By Moira M Tauiliili
Part of Introduction: The Catholic Church in England drew its success from the flourishing of a particular religious order, the Order of St Benedict. The Benedictines – also known as the ‘black monks offered munificent gifts to the English Church that has survived its unstable history, from the canonical hours to the clangour of bells the monks have truly imparted a legacy that has lived on even after the dissolutions in 1540. One Abbey, in particular, Westminster is an accurate glimpse into the Church of the middle ages. It is a building that has seen the absolute supremacy of the Monarch Henry VIII, betrayal, conversion and dissolution but remains in the present day as a product of Benedictine guidance. A study in black will help unveil the layers of monastic voice that echo into the present day.
Aquinas: The actuating phenomena of the Human Person (Philosophy of the Human Person Essay, 2016) - By Moira M Tauiliili
Part of Conclusion: Anthropology is a consensual occurrence that is liable to change caused by the surrounding environment. The human person only establishes change if the soul concedes with the flesh to actuate it. People, as we comprehend them at present, will never remain the exact same being through the sequence of their life. Instead, the human person will continually develop itself - corporeally and incorporeally - until it is unified with who the person was created to become. An actuating phenomenon. It could then be determined; through this method of the philosophical inquest that current comprehension of human anthropology is a constant ‘becoming’ rather than an end in and of itself. It is a journey because an end has not yet been defined. The essence of the human person – a topic that will continually be interrogated years from now may not be discovered until the human race has reached their capacity for development individually and unanimously.
The Benedictine Centuries: In Kathleen Norris' The Cloister Walk does she succeed in showing the relevance of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict for modern readers? (Christian Spirituality A, 2015)