It has been a long time since my Dad has walked this earth as a men among men and a proud father of seven. He died at 45 as I was finding my way in early elementary school. Nevertheless he gave me life, love, and other intangibles that are hard to define from an early age. On top of those were layered legends of … Read More Fathers Day
A Father Altman created this smooth political infomercial in 2020. The proclamation that took off was if you vote Democrat, your not Catholic. Worse, your going to hell. The video is here: https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/watch-now-la-crosse-catholic-priest-says-democrats-in-church-are-godless-and-imposters-in/article_e002e599-3c5a-5afa-8138-93844157644b.html I am, by his definition, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, according to Altman, I am not Catholic. I apparently have a lot of company – any democrat (lay person or clergy) … Read More Am I Catholic…and does it matter?
The symmetry of nature and humanity can be elusive and fleeting before my eyes. The mundane and the irresponsible rule our days, steal our time, sap our spirit, and dull our senses to what is important, beautiful, and present in every moment if we look for it. I know the symmetry by its absence. I can feel the darkness, the irritability, the hunger for … Read More The Water Lily, The Iris, and The Orchid
“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
Purely a personal post without judgement on your political view. This election has upset my spiritual grounding more than most. Understanding how and why is important to alleviating an emotion that is counterproductive to being present and open to others with different opinions. My own angst is tangible. Beneath it lies anger, sadness, pride, righteousness, fear, and other emotive experiences. The election is not … Read More Election Anxiety & The Enemy Within
February 10, 2019 A letter to a man accused of Murder; Today Reverend Mano Salla gave a homily on his definition of prayer. I may write him to get the words verbatim. However, for now my brief interpretation will have to do. Know thy self: Take time out to become aware of one’s self in quiet reflection. Recognizing our creatureliness and propensity for sinful … Read More Murderer?
“For a man’s desire comes to rest in the knowledge of God Alone” (pg. 121) I seek safety in certainty while existentially acknowledging the folly of assuming any permanence or security in my immediate state of being. And yet with all my force of will, well to be honest not all my force of will, perhaps not even the majority of my will, maybe even a … Read More Aquinas’ Shorter Summa (part two through page 211: on death, heaven, hell, purgatory, providence)
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
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)
Holiness does not always include earthly happiness, but in our emptiness offered to God with sincerity of intention to please Him, He will fill us with the greatest treasure of all: His Heart. Source: Minimalism, Evangelical Poverty, and Simplicity