Thanksgiving day many of us will have the blessing of family, friends, food, and freedom. I am grateful on a granular level for my family, my fellowship with others, and my work colleagues. On an existential level I am thankful for those that disagree with me, for my enemies known and unknown, and the adversities that have simultaneously challenged and formed my fluid identity. … Read More Are you Catholic? Are you Political? Are you Sure?
On my little travels, I invariably find time to visit at least one local church. Anecdotally the church had six American Flags adorning the interior prominently. This struck me as perhaps over the top nationalism within a holy place, though our nation supports religious freedoms better than any country on earth. No canon law or church doctrine encourages or prohibits such practices. Just a … Read More Where is the House of Worship?
On an unwieldy pedestrian day in Egremont, Massachusetts, I picked up a book by H. Richard Niebuhr entitled “The Responsible Self, An Essay in Christian Moral Philosophy. Everyone recognizes Niebuhr as the reported author of the “Serenity Prayer” that is now infamously associated with Alcoholics Anonymous. The book was old, dirt cheap, and inscribed “Clinton Lee Barlow, Harford Seminary Foundation, Spring, 1968.” Cannot seem … Read More The Responsible Self by Richard Niebuhr
What do we owe our maker? And even if we were in the position to pay – how would we pay God who needs nothing and is everything? We simply cannot begin to make any repatriation that has any impactful influence on an infinite being. Still, must of us strive to live a principled life informed by spiritual, religious, and social mores that intrinsically … Read More Albatross
Angry with God today? Is anger understating your feelings towards God? Or if not today have you ever been enraged, hateful, irate, indignant, or resentful? Perhaps you have been accusatorial of God’s benign presence in the midst of suffering or even assign him direct responsibility for evil or pain that has afflicted you? Denying God today? Or you are by now beyond God, you … Read More Is God Dead? – Part Three
As long as man has known God and God has no man both have been disappointed and aggrieved. Before examining if “God is Dead” it maybe helpful to understand that we are not the first individuals or generation to question how a personal and all powerful God could seemingly sit idle as tragedy and evil rains on earth. Turn to the Book of Job in … Read More Is God Dead – Part Two
How can I put this succinctly? God, in my time of need you abandoned me. I suffered when I was unable to defend myself in my youth. My voice was taken from me. My youth was stolen. To this day I carry scars of your indifference. As a child of God, I like Job, was blameless for the tragedies and suffering that surrounded me. … Read More Is God is Dead? – Part One
The Sad Joyous Truth: Finally, you have found my blog page; you itinerant idiot. For those of you who have been here before do not pat yourself on the back. In all likelihood, you are much worse off now than when you last visited. Tell me it isn’t so, honestly, can you do that today? I don’t think so. Catherine has written to me … Read More Suffering and Providence
A recent article sent me down the Rabbit hole of the intersection of politics, psychiatry, and spirituality. It has laid bare for me the difficulty of how to share the spiritual path in a secular society as well as how to live the spiritual path oneself. Here is the journey: The Martial Personality (MP) archetype was recently explored in the Psychiatric Times by Ronald … Read More The Rabbit Hole
I am up before others this a.m. preparing for the day. Morning prayer has greeted me and light reading provided some insight and perspective from which to view the day. The sun is shining, my cat is snoring, and the birds in the backyard are singing, I kid you not, this is not just a cliche. The birds are truly singing. My daily ritual … Read More The Greatest Gift on this Father’s day