“I love the Dominicans, I almost became one!”
Peter Kreeft tells the story in a short video for the YouTube Channel Dominican Daily (see it at the end of this article).
“At Yale, I became a Catholic,” explained. “As a fresh, young, bright eyed and bushy tailed Catholic, I knocked on the door of the rectory at 8 o’clock in the morning, the priest came down and said, ‘What can I do for you?’ And I said, ‘Father, I want to become a Catholic.’ His response was, ‘That’s nice, so who’s the girl?’
“He was a really practical guy. I would come with great questions from the Summa Theologica or from St. John of the Cross, and he said, ‘Well let’s look it up in the penny catechism.’ He used to say, ‘You got to walk before you run, and you got to run before you fly, so start with practicing the virtues.’ It was great advice.”
Kreeft didn’t end up ever becoming a Dominican, but he did go on to become a philosophy professor at Boston College and a prolific writer of books on apologetics.
But he still thinks very highly of the Dominicans: “I’ve met a lot of great Dominicans… And my intuitive take on the Dominicans is that they’re wonderful people. They’re strong and gentle at the same time.”
In the same video, Kreeft also explains why he converted to Catholicism, and why he thinks heretics often remain within the Catholic Church today.
Here’s the full video:
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