No one today would seriously claim that God has sent a swarm of Locust to Africa as a form of justice. In the book of Exodus it was one of 10 plagues delivered against Egypt and its pharaoh. The Israelites were enslaved and God demanded their freedom by signs. Who symbolically speaking represent the enslaved today? 1) Third world countries with high poverty rates? … Read More Locust and a scattered mind?
Generally today might be a day for recollection of St. Tarcicius, a martyr at the age of 12, or recollections of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a.m. masses or Noon, a small segment of the faithful may have joined together in Catholic Mass. Others may have had some solitude and prayer dedicated to this aspect of Catholic tradition and doctrine among their other prayerful … Read More Apologist
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
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?
Seeking a greater union with God through prayer and meditation I sought out the works of Thomas Merton. This very tiny book, Spiritual Direction and Meditation, after much discourse and examination of the benefits of pray informed meditation, enough to provide a course of action and reassurance, takes aim at our human ego just after cresting the mid-way point of the book: “Knowing at … Read More Spiritual Direction and Meditation by Thomas Merton
Pope Francis has taken steps to canonize Fatima Siblings (https://nyti.ms/2mW3nYl) according to New York Times article. Do you believe in Saints? The Devil? The Fatima Siblings had visions and drew thousands of Christians to the Village of Fatima. There is even a mystery of prophecy by Sister Lucia – the one to escape an untimely death – providing three predictions that many believe came … Read More Saints
Two thousand plus years and Jesus the man (revolutionary, rebel, bandit) and Jesus “The Son of Man” (The Jesus Christ of Christian believers, the son of God, sent to save mankind from eternal damnation, died on the cross for our sins than and now) live in a historical reality much as we do today. Aslan delves into the historical Jesus Christ and the context … Read More Zealot THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Rena Aslan
“There are more Christian martyrs today than there were in ad 100–in the days of the Roman Empire. Now in the twenty-first century, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, more than 150,000 Christians are martyred around the world every year.” When I think of modern-day martyrs I think of burning monks who set themselves afire as more than a 140 … Read More Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks by DC Talk
Defining revelation for me is very challenging. I have broken it down into four levels and one huge spiritual barrier. It is more personal and real. It is not driven by the “Book of Revelation.” I am not a mystic – though I sometimes wish I could be. Than again, be careful what you wish for – you may get what you ask! The … Read More Revelation?
May 24, 1996, a group of Islamic terrorists announced that they had “slit the throats” of seven French Trappist monks whom they had kidnapped from the monastery of Tibherine. Father Christian de Chergé, had left with his family this testament “to be opened in the event of my death.” Christian’s entire letter can be read anywhere on the web. The story of Christian’s death … Read More Christian De Cherge of Tibhirine excerpts of last testament