Category: Catholic Literature

Aquinas’ Shorter Summa (part two through page 211: on death, heaven, hell, purgatory, providence)

“For a man’s desire comes to rest in the knowledge of God Alone” (pg. 121)   I seek safety in certainty while existentially acknowledging the folly of assuming any permanence or security in my immediate state of being.  And yet with all my force of will, well to be honest not all my force of will, perhaps not even the majority of my will, maybe even a … Read More Aquinas’ Shorter Summa (part two through page 211: on death, heaven, hell, purgatory, providence)

Human Suffering – The Answer?

The first words to greet me this morning: You are wretched wherever you are and no matter which way you turn – This was not the inspiration I was seeking this morning from morning prayer.  I have a moderately stressful job of which sometimes I feel ill-suited for, financial woes as most everyone else, and loved ones near and far facing illness, stress, and mortality.   Most … Read More Human Suffering – The Answer?

An incomplete look at Homosexuality and Catholicism (unfiltered)

An open letter to LGBQT people and Catholics at large; It is my belief that sexual orientation is predominately biologically determined.    It is my belief that the church has arrived at the position that they accept people are born with sexual orientations that do not conform easily to the church’s teaching.   I will at the outset apologize to the LGBQT community as I will focus here … Read More An incomplete look at Homosexuality and Catholicism (unfiltered)

Contemplative Life

On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings—oh, happy chance! — I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest.[i] Two friends, 27 years apart, united in “their ardent desire to embrace the primitive Rule of Carmel, their longing for a deeper prayer life, their practice of poverty of spirit in the simplicity of their lives, the compassion evident in … Read More Contemplative Life

Providence: 8 year and 5 month journey

In March of 2010 I visited my local parish priest and we discussed suffering, spiritual desolation, periods of dryness, the absence of spiritual consolation, and Providence.  Whatever troubles I had at the time I truly cannot remember.  But I left him with work to do on my own and with God. This priest was an artist himself and truly appreciated the masters.  Shy of … Read More Providence: 8 year and 5 month journey

To Light a Fire on the Earth by Robert Barron and John L. Allen (Book Review)

 To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age I am not and never have been an Evangelist.  My own path and journey has been too rocky, my criticisms to jaded, my mistrust too high.  And yet if asked I would defend the main precepts of deep theological thinking of Catholicism – not the garden variety type superficial institutional media presentation … Read More To Light a Fire on the Earth by Robert Barron and John L. Allen (Book Review)

Transformation in Christ: Part IX

Door Knockers: Two men in suits rang my bell today.  There was no chime as the battery is dead.  In a moment of weakness I ducked my head under a blanket and considered if they were politicians, Jehovah’ Witnesses, or unusual door to door sales men?  I peered back out and the two were conversing casually patiently.  Now the lead unwanted intruder into my … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part IX

Transformation in Christ: Part VIII

 Dietrich Von Hildebrand (DVH):  Chapter 14 Mansuetude Mansuetude or Holy Meekness is carefully defined, expounded on, and repackaged into a spiritual bullet of wisdom in this writing by Dietrich.  He then fires it into my soul and into my heart before letting it rebound on an outward trajectory into my aspirations for worldly and spiritual acquisitions.   The grand journey of Transformation in Christ is shattered … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part VIII

Radical Transformation: Part VII

  Blessed Are the Peacemakers: (Chapter 13: Transformation in Christ by Dietrich Van Hildebrand) “It is a specific stigma of abysmal separation from God to maintain a quarrelsome and cantankerous attitude, a morbid delight in conflicts and bickering, a perverse pleasure derived from disharmony.” This is certainly a danger for every devout Christian who aspires to live a holy life and actively acts on … Read More Radical Transformation: Part VII

Radical Transformation: Part VI

It has been 74 days since the last entry regarding Dietrich Von Hildebrand’s “Transformation in Christ.” It is evident that this 500 page thesis is a lived experience that cannot be adequately read, digested, and reported on with any modicum of brevity. In this post I will highlight thoughts on the following chapters ten through twelve. Appropriately they followed Striving for Perfection (Post Part … Read More Radical Transformation: Part VI

Rejoice and be Glad

Rejoice and be Glad.[i] The Vatican has just released “APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE CALL TO HOLINESSIN TODAY’S WORLD.”  (End note 1).  I recommend any serious Catholic read it now before reading any further here! What could I possible write that would be better stated or more informed than the Holy Father?  Yes, that is a rhetorical … Read More Rejoice and be Glad

Radical Transformation: Part IV

Dietrich Von Hildebrand: Transformation in Christ (Chapter 8) On “Confidence in God” Many Christians have been waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ.  It has been over two thousand years since he walked, preached, died and was resurrected.  Our Jewish cousins have been waiting perhaps as much a four thousand years for the first coming.  Jesus did not pass their mustard test of … Read More Radical Transformation: Part IV

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