The liberal arts, just like the disciplines of awareness and meditation, are a vital pathway to the boundless nature of reality. It is appropriate for us to take out a few moments to think about what ‘liberal arts’ means — not in terms of curriculum and distribution requirements, but in terms of the vision of the human person it wishes to promote.


Dr. Vincent Smiles, Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, gave this main address during the Phi Beta Kappa - Theta of Minnesota chapter's annual induction ceremony, which was held in the Alumnae Hall at College of Saint Benedict.