A quick farewell to all of you who have read or followed my posts since 2015. There are enough spiritual writers out there and influencers to carry on the task of promoting living the holy life in a humble manner in the midst of a secular society that my written word is redundant. I leave this venue of spiritual expression, not in despair, but … Read More The end of a Chapter
It is like a movie, Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost Ark, and subsequent movies or books that link religious history and mystical power to current evil men seeking that power to conquer the world. In this real-life tragedy the religious split between three sects of Christianity are in the spotlight: the Roman Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Ukraine … Read More Pope Francis and Krill
Ukrainians, Russians, and any people that value freedom and human life have been warned by Putin today. He is using the language of dictators if the past that have embraced authoritarian rule, war, and genocide. This quote today is chilling: “The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and simply spit them out like a fly that … Read More Putin Menace
By human definition, Putin is Orthodox Christian. He was raised Orthodox Christian by his mother. His father was atheist and also a career with KGB. Putin “joined” the Orthodox Church at age 41 and has used their platform to garner support ever since. I think most of the world sees Putin as Godless. Interestingly a right-wing think-tank below states the same despite the risk … Read More Is Putin Christian? How are we Christian today?o
The article below provides excellent information on the western Catholic practice of receiving ashes on their forehead today. The handling of symbolism, identity, sincerity, and hypocrisy is deftly handled by this article. You could apply this teaching to many debates regarding the utility of symbolism and rituals versus say, worshipping false idols. http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2022/03/02/ash-wednesday-catholic-242449 Are you a hypocrite? If your reading this, my bet is … Read More Ash Wednesday Hypocrites!
The biblical account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is a prominent source of teaching regarding faith and hope in Christianity. Christians believe this miracle happened, as did Jesus rising from the dead (the resurrection). As the centuries pass, there is a reductionist tendency to focus on Christ’s moral teachings rather than the miracles performed. From my point of view, there are … Read More War Part 4: Lazarus
They chose not to surrender. The NYT photo below depicts three women armed to resist. The tears in their eyes are real. The guns heavy in their hands. The transport van somehow shadowing impending death. I “feel” glad they chose to fight. This feeling is filled with awe and respect for the people of Ukraine. Perhaps a little vicarious sense of vengeance and justice … Read More War Part Three
http://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/world/europe/putin-speech-russia-ukraine.html It is roughly 4:30 a.m. in Russia, a country whose people I appreciate for their rich culture, brilliant writers, and stoic chess players. The authors though, stand out. Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev and so many others. My soul has a Russian influence from these writers. These authors often went to extreme depths searching for God and the meaning of life. I don’t think … Read More War
Last week I pondered the lack of certainty that is embedded both in the Bible and by the priest and theologians that dedicate their lives to sharing the Bible throughout the ages: When we turn to the Priestly caste, by whatever title we bestow on them, in times of suffering or when our mortality is near its end, we don’t want uncertainty or insincerity. … Read More There are no coincidences?
Last year presented insidious challenges to our collective well-being. We suffered significant losses to the original COVID variant and an explosion of the Omnicron variant, deaths unrelated to COVID, ongoing “populism” politics spurning unhealthy anxiety and hate, economic hardships, and the not-so-hidden repercussions of global warming. These external challenges are in addition to whatever personal demons (metaphorically speaking) we each individually carry on our … Read More A Joyous 2022 – An Invitation
Pope Francis responds to attacks from EWTN, other church critics: ‘They are the work of the devil.’ | America Magazine
There is, for example, a large Catholic television channel that has no hesitation in continually speaking ill of the pope.” He said: “I personally deserve attacks and insults because I am a sinner, but the church does not deserve them. They are the work of the devil. I have also said this to some of them.” — Read on http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/09/21/pope-francis-ewtn-critics-241472 A Pope who strives … Read More Pope Francis responds to attacks from EWTN, other church critics: ‘They are the work of the devil.’ | America Magazine