The Mystical Vine, the Catholic Church is animated by a novel vital principle, which is its Soul, the Holy Spirit, who is the Grace that animates all the members of the Body of Christ.
At the origin of human culture is art, which can be termed an adaptation of culture to its environment. Indeed, in a more general manner, life is itself artistic, as there is an inherent aesthetic to the rhythm that paces the life of every human culture.
To meditate on the Being of God, on the Truth of the Divine Name, is the true philosophy, the prayer of rightly ordered theology, the science that is reconciled in wisdom, the act of religion that is homage to the Divinity.
Life is the mystery that humans face before the contemplation of the human condition, engaged in its virulent struggle for life, its combat for existence in the affirmation of their rights, and which finds its ultimate fulfillment in the Incarnate Word of God whose love has restored all things.
Materialism is primarily an orientation of the mind, a particular spirit, a way of understanding reality and of comprehending the world. It is a feature which is understandable and yet at the same time quite troubling. It is an ideology, a way of seeing things, that has pervaded western culture.