What would it be like to hear the voice of God or his emissaries? Not an intuitive prayerful dialogue and raised spiritual consciousness but an actual thundering voice or even an apparition. What lengths would you go to experience this grace if you could? What lengths would you go to deny ever having had such an experience? The Hollywood portrait above is inspiring. But … Read More the maid a novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter
Today a growing number of Jews are returning to Israel.[i] In 1948 Israel became a nation in one day and had 800,000 citizens. Now there are over 6 million Jews in Israel. Many Jews across the world feel like it is 1939 all over again. Anti-semetism is on the rise in the United States and across the world and Israel itself lives in threat of … Read More Revisiting my Jewish Ancestry in a time of Hatred (as a Catholic believer)
“Discover the secrets to growing holier through the simple things in life work, play, and rest. Learn to avoid the distractions that trouble and weary your soul and you’ll soon be able to focus your energy simply on loving God!”[i] I encountered this little book in two visits to an adoration chapel spanning the last two weeks. The pursuit of God’s presence is really … Read More The Art of Loving God by Francis de Sales
Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints by Martin SJ, James
“Find your own Calcutta.”
If only we could be an Island onto ourselves the realities of our personal, financial, and socio-political situation would be but just a minor annoyance no greater than an industrious fly begging for our attention. We could be lost in the solitude of spirituality – one with God in a romantic monastery living a simple life – provided physical and spiritual sustenance by God’s … Read More No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
A sibling rivalry between half-brothers began when the youngest received his father’s birth-right and the eldest went off to a foreign land with a different blessing to prosper as well. Generations later great religions would wage holy wars claiming true authenticity to a covenant with God. To put it another way, 3.6 billion people (54% of the world’s population) belong to one of three … Read More Cousins: Immortal Enemies?
“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 A simple calling that many of us aspire to practice in all our daily affairs. Micah is ancient, from the Old Testament, 686 B.C., telling us the importance of justice, kindness, and humility. We may secretly believe we are doing … Read More Mercy? Self-Compassion?
“Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”[ii] On June 19, 2017 George Yancy challenged you via New York Times opinion piece to consider is your God Dead? What does it mean to believe in a “Living God?” My belief is in a living God. However, I cannot attest to having seen him in person, to have heard … Read More Is your God Dead by George Yancy[i]
Stephen Hawkins, Thomas Merton, the Grand Canyon, and Ballet bought to me what Science could not deliver alone – A unified theory of existence. One week in Phoenix provided me with ample time to watch many ballet dancers, see the Grand Canyon south rim (one day), read Hawkins and Merton, and reflect on the meaning of life. Reflections: Perhaps the greatest destroyer of … Read More An Incomplete Unified Theory of the Universe?