Category: Catholic

Morning Dews #2

This morning I am confronted by locked gates barring entrance to the most peaceful and gracious place detailed in Genesis, the garden of Eden: “So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”   Genesis 3:24 This confronts me … Read More Morning Dews #2

Morning Dews # 1

As yet, the day is untouched by humans and probably the better for it.  The COVID pandemic is cleaning the environment at rates never seen since the industrial revolution introduced massive pollution to our eco-system.  The morning dew is on the grass, and everything is peaceful as we prepare to see the sunrise. I am naturally a P.M. writer.  Today, however, I have been … Read More Morning Dews # 1

The Magdaline

Three Camps: Today, for me, is the holiest of holy days.  I cannot speak to this before I talk to all my brothers and sisters – Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Agnostics, other religions of the world, and Athiest alike. I also invite those whose lens is oriented by a political identity – Republican, Democrat, Independent, Unaffiliated, Socialist, Communist, and other political ideologies. Let me … Read More The Magdaline

For whom does the bell toll

John Donne, Ernest Hemingway, or Metallica? John Donne, a Catholic poet (late 1500s), concluded a poem with the same title above with “Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee. Besides this famous poem, his last sermon was called “Deaths Duel,” pictured above. Hemingway uses this title for the story of Robert Jordan, an idealist demolitions expert who … Read More For whom does the bell toll

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

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