Category: Catholic

Quarantine

The sun is shining bright, and the sky is blue. The streets are empty and the shops mostly closed. The few people I saw on my bike ride were, like me, taking a walk or a bike ride, waving friendly hellos while maintaining social distance. Sequestered again with the “work from home day over,” I hear my daughter teaching ballet virtually to youngsters in … Read More Quarantine

Fear & Reality – A terrible marriage

I am seeing a mix of responses to Co-vid 19 including the following behaviors: Rationale activation of personal resources, avid reading of scientifically-based information on Co-Vid, and preparing for the worst (acceptance and action) Denial and avoidance, superficial engagement with information, cavalier approach with social media memes or biased information sources with political spin Selfish isolationist view on how Co-vid 19 is negatively impacting … Read More Fear & Reality – A terrible marriage

Free Funeral and Cookies

So, my wife takes a call and explains to someone how you can donate their body for scientific purposes. They take your body and use it for nine medical schools in a respectful manner. They cremate and send back ashes if the family wants their loved one ashes. No expense or funeral cost attached. Humanity Gifts Registry[i] is the organization closest to me with … Read More Free Funeral and Cookies

The Art of Reading – Co – Vid 19 Challenge

Over 1100 pages from 4 paperback books accompanied my journey in life the last few weeks amid Co-vid 19 news coverage.  Routine readings also included educational readings, daily Washington Post stories, Jesuit America Magazine, spiritual readings, ancillary readings from other sources, and the morass of social media.     I am not retired.  I have a full-time consuming job, outside community commitments, and family the same … Read More The Art of Reading – Co – Vid 19 Challenge

Co-Vid 19 and Catholic Mass

In the Catholic faith, we take Holy Communion very seriously.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops details the “Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America“[i] at there website if you want to get a sense of just how serious we are about Holy Communion. Our treatment of Holy Communion, … Read More Co-Vid 19 and Catholic Mass

Wealth, Debt, Giving and You

“Give enough that it feels risky — if you feel comfortable, you’re probably not stretching enough. If you feel destabilized, it might be too much.”

Handshake

The Coronavirus (Co-vid 19) has already influenced my personal life, financial well-being, work stress, political outlook, and spiritual life without a sniffle.  Personally, do I want to attend this event with twenty or so people, young and old, spreading the common cold like candy?  Is eating out the thing to do?  The gym, a cesspool of germs before Coronavirus, is now a gauntlet of … Read More Handshake

Calling all Catholic Republicans

An appeal to Catholic Right to Life Republicans to join the Democrat Party How is that for a non-starter lead-in statement.   Right off the bat 70% or more Catholic Right to Life Republican readers have turned to stone, their ears have been covered, and eyes closed.  I understand.  The issue of abortion is too painful, and the position staked out too entrenched.  I am … Read More Calling all Catholic Republicans

Vote versus Withdraw?

A bishop advised his priest to not vote in primary in Minnesota. The stated reason is not that priest should not exercise their vote but that others may become aware of their vote. The latter could cause controversy and attract or push people away from the church? Following that logic as mini priest, for we all are called to live our faith and love … Read More Vote versus Withdraw?

The way home

My page is dark. I have travelled deep into the forest while remaining in the company of others, working, toiling, loving. The silences between my writings are not absences of thoughts, only absences of thoughts worthy of the toil of exploration and expression. Momentary emptiness, aloneness, silence screaming. Peace. The sentiment is I have gone as far as I can go. The path back … Read More The way home

Celibacy

I just read Pope Francis ruled against married priest in the Amazon. This decision is not what I would say is covered by “Papal Infallibility” definitions. The article below admits as much as the Catholic Church has granted exceptions in the past. If any Pope would have allowed married priest or women clergy it would be Pope Francis. He is guided though by church … Read More Celibacy

Educated by Tara Westover

It is easy for a non-Mormon to dismiss Tara Westover’s account of the deep-seated hold religious ideology can maintain over a person even when evidence mounts that all is not what it seems in her spiritual family. Homeschooled in a rural community with an exceptionally religious father, a submissive mother, and mental health and family violence issues scattered throughout her bringing, it might be … Read More Educated by Tara Westover

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