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?
“But as for me, it is out of the question that I should boast of anything at all, except of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. . . . After this, let no one trouble me; I carry branded on my body the marks of Jesus.”—GALATIANS 6:14, 17 This … Read More The Sign of The Cross
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
My vote was cast weeks ago, but still I was at the morning polls. My neighbors, my wife, and my daughter were all on this parking lot line. Inside I delivered donuts to the poll workers who represent the bipolarity of American life ensuring a fair and honest election across our great nation. My other two children have voted already. For the first time … Read More A day for the Nation, A day for God
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
Some journeys can be slow. The book of Genesis finished this a.m. The importance of patriarchy and wisdom passed on from father to son is not lost in this book. Like modern times, fathers of the past had errant sons too. Jacob, while preparing for death, tells his sons, “Simon and Levi are brothers; Instrument of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Let not … Read More Morning Dew # 8
Esau gives away his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. A steep impulsive decision considering the firstborn gets double or more of the inheritance when their father passes! A youthful and rash decision for immediate gratification. Jacob manipulated his brother’s immaturity to have the firstborn birthright. At first glance, we could interpret this as merely brotherly gesturing and joviality. However, the Old … Read More Morning Dew # 7
Where was I again since I last wrote, someplace in Genesis with Abraham and his descendants making a mess of things and their covenants with God and with each other. Yes, that is right, I said you were dammed. Unfortunately, your fate has not changed since then; we are all still heading for a date with death. Our human flesh and our earthly existence … Read More Morning Dews – #5
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
They are as sure of the absence of God as you are in God’s existence. In rare cases, the passionate atheist and fervent believer can meet the eye to eye and wrestle, often to a stalemate, thru the evidence for and against the existence of God — and part after thorough and exhausting discussion, being better human beings. Religious affiliation is of no consequence … Read More The Confrontation with an Atheist
This article below was in a facebook book group called Human Reform politics. It is scary. And it is powerfully real. There are people out there that are foolish and cause their own misery when it comes to maintaining a job. There are more people out there, though by many that have lost employment by market forces beyond their control, medical crisis, or other … Read More Employment Catasphrope