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The contemplation of one’s personal existence evokes a sense of wonder

Alojsium.ca is a blog focusing on the mystery of our existence – recent attempts to put into words considerations arising within a life-long journey. If you like the content, you may wish to subscribe at the bottom of the page.

Hello, I’m a retired psychiatrist interested in sharing some thoughts about what it means to be human. Alojsium is the name shown on my original baptismal certificate. When my parents immigrated to Canada shortly after the end of the Second World War, there was a certain amount of anti-Italian sentiment. In order to spare me whatever grieve would come of that, the name I had, a diminutive of Luigi, was changed to Louis. For the purposes of this blog I am using Alojsium to reflect the foundations of my understanding of what is existence and personhood, namely that of the Catholic faith. In this world of divisiveness, the concern is that this might be off-putting to some. Keep an open mind and have a read, the hope is that the effort will be worthwhile.

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An Existential Understanding of Matter

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The Unconscious

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