Recently my Catholic grammar school along with 20 others were formerly announced to be closing. Catholicism in the west is in a death spiral. Christianity is in a similar spiral while attempting to align itself with republican extremism known as Trumpism – which is a highly driven nationalism party with some very unchristian ideals. Political parties aside, this article above in American magazine points … Read More The church in the West is in decline—and nationalism won’t save it | America Magazine
Our brains have become re-wired by years of futile conflict, and there is no obvious way out. We are simply habituated to react, and it would take tremendous energy and time to change, both of which we lack. — Read on http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/06/21/bishop-us-church-communion-wars-240902 Too tired to write…and this article explains why. Catholicism sees a member of the faith become president and chooses, rather than focus … Read More The Biden Communion debate shows the exhaustion of the U.S. church | America Magazine
Today I start a mini-retreat hidden within the folds of everyday activities and life. Visit https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/centers/iajs.html. Two items may support you taking and at home retreat. The first is an at home 12 week Ignatious guided retreat app available free (bottom left) of page. The second is the free portal containing a mini library of Jesuit material. Or for a more intense experience with … Read More Pivot with Ignatius
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?
I remember President Trump being unable or unwilling to address gracefully the deaths of political foes or deaths that were inconvenient politically. Others before him did a better job on the national stage. Most of us can take off our fighting gloves when death visits us, even if only for momentary pause, a recognition of a fellow humans light being blown out for the … Read More Tribute to Rush Limbaugh?
I penned a letter to The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops just now making the same mistake they made with their penned Inauguration Day letter. If you read the Bishops letter you would immediately note it missed the beauty of the inauguration, the many Catholic aspects and values presented, and its inconsistency with Pope Francis message as well. My error was writing my … Read More USCCB Idiocy
My church leadership is silent regarding Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s letter to Donald Trump. Donald Trump has referred to the letter to conservative news sites as evidence of his support from Catholics. Nowhere is it mentioned this Archbishop is hiding from the Vatican. I guess it is wise not to feed this news cycle or this disgruntled letter-writer priest in hiding. I will follow their … Read More Wolf or Sheep?
My page is dark. I have travelled deep into the forest while remaining in the company of others, working, toiling, loving. The silences between my writings are not absences of thoughts, only absences of thoughts worthy of the toil of exploration and expression. Momentary emptiness, aloneness, silence screaming. Peace. The sentiment is I have gone as far as I can go. The path back … Read More The way home
It is easy for a non-Mormon to dismiss Tara Westover’s account of the deep-seated hold religious ideology can maintain over a person even when evidence mounts that all is not what it seems in her spiritual family. Homeschooled in a rural community with an exceptionally religious father, a submissive mother, and mental health and family violence issues scattered throughout her bringing, it might be … Read More Educated by Tara Westover
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
I want to be in Rome. I want to be by his side supporting and demanding a naive brand of Christianity with a firestorm of change that will create yet another schism in the church. Pope Francis, listen to me, but just five minutes, and act swiftly with your Papal Authority. After contemplation Pope Francis, tell me how foolish is my thoughts: Zero tolerance: … Read More Pope Francis under Siege, We are under Siege (and rightly so)
Holy Sobriety (Chapter 17): Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch, and be sober. (1 Thess. 5:6) Thessalonians, a letter perhaps authored by Paul the Apostle, specifically invites us to be sober.[i] Dietrich Von Hildebrand uses this letter of Paul to start his chapter on Holy Sobriety. Sobriety & Holy Sobriety: Sobriety for most people immediately conjures up that … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part XI