Category: Prayer

Transformation in Christ: Part VIII

 Dietrich Von Hildebrand (DVH):  Chapter 14 Mansuetude Mansuetude or Holy Meekness is carefully defined, expounded on, and repackaged into a spiritual bullet of wisdom in this writing by Dietrich.  He then fires it into my soul and into my heart before letting it rebound on an outward trajectory into my aspirations for worldly and spiritual acquisitions.   The grand journey of Transformation in Christ is shattered … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part VIII

Rejoice and be Glad

Rejoice and be Glad.[i] The Vatican has just released “APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE CALL TO HOLINESSIN TODAY’S WORLD.”  (End note 1).  I recommend any serious Catholic read it now before reading any further here! What could I possible write that would be better stated or more informed than the Holy Father?  Yes, that is a rhetorical … Read More Rejoice and be Glad

Radical Transformation: Part V

Dietrich Von Hildebrand: Transformation in Christ (Chapter 9) On “Striving for Perfection” Who am I?  What am I?  Where am I today? Can you answer this question today?  I believe most of us can. Give it a try.  Briefly, write one or two sentences down now or just hold them aside for later reflection.  Here is mine: “I am a clinical social worker, married, … Read More Radical Transformation: Part V

Radical Transformation: Part III

Transformation in Christ by Dietrich Von Hildebrand: On Humility (Chapter 3: 149 – 188): Take a few minutes and consider your personal reaction to the word Humility or Humble.  In American culture it can be seen as a great asset or great weakness.  It is context dependent.  The American Psychological Association[i] and Forbes[ii] business magazine see great utility in the trait of humility.  It … Read More Radical Transformation: Part III

Rest in Peace? – January 18, 2018

It is only January 16th today.  Anthony Shore has been convicted of 5 heinous crimes (rape and murder) of young girls between the ages of 9 and 21.  His conviction was November 15, 2004 some nine years after his last known victim.  He is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6 P.M.[i]   He himself has asked for the … Read More Rest in Peace? – January 18, 2018

Pascal’s Wager – The Quandary of Faith

An opinion article in the NYT times entitled “Can We Learn to Believe in God?” by Agnes Collard takes a surface dive into the infamous Pascal Wager.[i]”  Childhood morality and imagery of heaven and hell underlie this equation.  The means and the ends of faith do not fall neatly into this theoretical trap.  To seek God (or seek to learn to believe in God) … Read More Pascal’s Wager – The Quandary of Faith

Letter to my Son

My Son; It is January 1, 2018.  I am comfortably seated in my recliner.  Mozart is playing in the background thanks to my new music companion Alexa.  God willing I will be 54 years old later this year.   There is not much I need or want for myself today.  I am neither rich nor abjectly poor.  It is difficult to put to paper what … Read More Letter to my Son

Jewels of Confession (Personal Reflection)

I am in my mind’s eye an amateur, a novice, a man sentenced to be an apprentice for life.  It is the epitome of grandiosity to believe anything else.  There are just too many barriers for me to join the ranks of those considered by men to be held as examples of a devout man, much less than to even consider judgement by God’s … Read More Jewels of Confession (Personal Reflection)

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)

Praying the Psalms, Merton, Thomas[i]

A tight rope walk with Thomas Merton on one side of the chasm and King David (and several lesser known authors) on the other still leaves me struggling with the wisdom of the Psalms.  Our busy lives present many valleys to ponder.  Thomas Merton short book explores how the Psalms can be used in prayer to traverse chasms in life. The barriers for me … Read More Praying the Psalms, Merton, Thomas[i]

The Art of Loving God by Francis de Sales

“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.”

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