Category: Catholic

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

They

It is in my religious ethos to reject the singular pronoun They. The tentacles of ingrained passionate belief infused with only a peripheral understanding of the field of linguistics, a limited experience with challenges of accurate translations, and a high degree of contextual historical uncertainties is a recipe for potentially grave error with far reaching consequences. We have a modern day Tower of Babel … Read More They

Pro Life versus Choose Life versus Pro Choice

The devil is in the details. The devil resides in each of these camps inciting, tempting, plotting, and relishing with great enthusiasm the ineptitude of mankind to confront the consequences of life and death decisions. Mankind has both the science and the legal authority to end life. Abortion, death penalty, and end of life care decisions tear families and communities apart as the life … Read More Pro Life versus Choose Life versus Pro Choice

Employment Catasphrope

This article below was in a facebook book group called Human Reform politics. It is scary. And it is powerfully real. There are people out there that are foolish and cause their own misery when it comes to maintaining a job. There are more people out there, though by many that have lost employment by market forces beyond their control, medical crisis, or other … Read More Employment Catasphrope

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