Anyone know the name Thomas Rousseau David’s Byles? In my minds eye he deserves human recognition as a saint. The United States Conference of Bishops sets the bar low, at least, post-humorously low: “All Christians are called to be saints. Saints are persons in heaven (officially canonized or not), who lived heroically virtuous lives, offered their life for others, or were martyred for the … Read More What makes a Saint?
My search for living a spiritual life has been hard fought. Not worthy of mention compared to the great biographies of Christian mystics or to the great sinners who eventually had a dramatic conversion experience. Here I am now on my God quest reading Catholic theology, early Christian writers, the lives of the saints and the primary source – holy scripture. Here I am … Read More God’s answer in the mail?
Catholic forums and the USBC are ablaze with the meaning of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The term of the day is “Eucharistic Coherence.” George Weigel does a pretty good job summarizing in one article called “The Challenge of Eucharistic Coherence” on February 3, 2021.[i] Why the uproar now? We have a Catholic President who does not politically support “Right to Life” issues regarding … Read More Eucharistic Coherence
I penned a letter to The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops just now making the same mistake they made with their penned Inauguration Day letter. If you read the Bishops letter you would immediately note it missed the beauty of the inauguration, the many Catholic aspects and values presented, and its inconsistency with Pope Francis message as well. My error was writing my … Read More USCCB Idiocy
The recent Washington Capital riot and our national response has sent me to a quiet place to reflect and contemplate where we went wrong. Pursuit of power by any means became evident. “Too often, even in our own Catholic tradition, we have aligned our power with the power of the state, with the power of money, with the power of control, with the power … Read More Arrows of God
Friedrick Nietzsche, German Philosopher, declared “God is Dead” in the late 1800s. In the 1980s I would author opposing papers regarding this assertion. The earlier version would assert an atheistic worldview and render belief in a personal God futile. The latter version would assert the opposite, that religion was dead, having lost its way and become a dead letter rather than anything representing a … Read More Mysticism
The Catholic Church declares this month Poverty Awareness month: https://www.usccb.org/committees/catholic-campaign-human-development/poverty-awareness-month. The call to all Catholics is for “solidarity with the poor.” It is an honorable goal. The site above has information and links to sites where you can take action. A contrarian critical mood has gripped me regarding “solidarity with the poor.” We are the poor. No I am not saying I or you … Read More Poverty
I’m a Catholic who’s struggled with eating disorders. You aren’t alone if you do, too. | America Magazine
I know how isolating eating disorders can be, especially around the holidays. I am here to share some hope with you. — Read on http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/12/27/catholic-eating-disorder-239589. Posted for at least 1 word press follower…1 is enough, but I know there are more out there suffering anonymously.
Yes, even to you the the Jew, the Hindu, or the atheist. Even to you the sinner, the hypocrite, the outcast. To the proud and powerful, Merry Christmas. To the meek, the poor, and hungry, Merry Christmas. And to my brother Christians, may you have a special Merry Christmas filled with grace and peace – and perhaps a little spiritual reckoning for a new … Read More Merry Christmas to all, even to….
Pope Franics defined six foundational points for judging the future for the American and African Continents. Briefly, he less than 60 seconds he enumerated them for us: Reality (Opulence versus loss of human dignity) Generation of Justice (Everyday is a conquest opportunity for everyone) Unconditional Commitment versus a culture of indifference History as a guiding Axis Be God’s people, not God’s elite Solidarity (Fighting … Read More Conquest Opportunity
The Catholic vote was practically split even between the two candidates. Those that voted for Trump often in private conversations deflect from owning Trump, saying they voted for his policies rather than his personage. A significant portion however, deny reality and accept and passionately support his presidency. Especially Evangelical Christianity. Trump himself has referred to them as idiots. Interestingly, our non-believing genuine Atheists are … Read More Demagoguery
What does it mean to “chase” something? Is it something you find positive as an adult? Webster’s dictionary uses several analogies. The Chase for… Hunting of wild animals, Pursuit of robbers, Frenzied seeking or earnest desire for an object or ideal. Any of these three can ideas present an anticipation of acquiring some pursued affection that we want to possess. Killing that duck or … Read More Surrender the Chase