Category: Politics

Revisiting my Jewish Ancestry in a time of Hatred (as a Catholic believer)

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)

Is your God Dead by George Yancy[i]

“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]

Trump and Terrorist

Ruminating on the Evils of War and Fighting an Invisible Enemy Despair  On the Eve of Battle God of power and mercy, maker and love of peace, to know you is to live, and to serve you is to reign. Through the intercession of St. Michael, the archangel, be our protection in battle against all evil. Help me [us] to overcome war and violence … Read More Trump and Terrorist

The Benedictine Option

Glimpse the Glory of God

A Monk In The World: Cultivating A Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale

“The homeless live in virtually every city and town around the globe, representing a sixth of humanity — or about a billion souls.  Like ghost, they haunt the busy thoroughfares of the world.” If you read nothing else in this post except this quote that is okay.  Please contemplate and pray for these billion souls in whatever spiritual tongue you possess and cherish. Teasdale … Read More A Monk In The World: Cultivating A Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale

Zealot THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Rena Aslan

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

The Day After – A Dark Night

November 9, 2016:   I visited the Kennedy Center today for a family activity where check in was at the Hall of Nations and the seats of power were within eyesight.  This is no small reality check given the dramatic upset that transpired yesterday in US presidential politics.  The view in DC felt dark. That the winning candidate has given license to the worst … Read More The Day After – A Dark Night

Pax Tecum, Pax Tibi

Rusted Anchors[i] “Anchoring or focalism is a term used in psychology to describe the common human tendency to rely too heavily, or “anchor,” on one trait or piece of information when making decisions.”[ii]  How many rusted anchors are holding you down from accepting new and contradictory information to previously held assumptions?  In a recent NYT article on Donald Trump the author raised the issue … Read More Pax Tecum, Pax Tibi

“Odi ergo sum. I hate therefore I am” : The two sides of Islamic belief

“Odi ergo su.” is a quote  from Umberto Eco, author of The Prague Cemetery (I book and author I do not know).   It is easy to see how extremist in our society and around the world thrive on hatred.  Below is a critical and biased view of Islam based on several readings I have read the last two days.  It summarizes I believe … Read More “Odi ergo sum. I hate therefore I am” : The two sides of Islamic belief

Contemplating Good and Evil

Excerpt from “The Edge of Sadness” by Edwin O’Connor: “We all share in a shattering duality — and by this I don’t mean that soggy, superficial split that one so often sees: the kind of thing, for example, where the gangster sobs uncontrollably at an old Shirley Temple movie. I mean the fundamental schism that Newman referred to when he spoke of man being forever … Read More Contemplating Good and Evil

Imposters

Donald Trump Divides God’s Voters? An opinion piece in the NY Times had this catchy title.[i]  I had a visceral reaction of disgust to this piece as I did the night before watching the GOP political debate (notably absent Trump).  I felt as if I was waking up to a news story of a church sacristy being robbed of its vestments and sacred vessels … Read More Imposters

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