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
Blessed Are the Peacemakers: (Chapter 13: Transformation in Christ by Dietrich Van Hildebrand) “It is a specific stigma of abysmal separation from God to maintain a quarrelsome and cantankerous attitude, a morbid delight in conflicts and bickering, a perverse pleasure derived from disharmony.” This is certainly a danger for every devout Christian who aspires to live a holy life and actively acts on … Read More Radical Transformation: Part VII
It has been 74 days since the last entry regarding Dietrich Von Hildebrand’s “Transformation in Christ.” It is evident that this 500 page thesis is a lived experience that cannot be adequately read, digested, and reported on with any modicum of brevity. In this post I will highlight thoughts on the following chapters ten through twelve. Appropriately they followed Striving for Perfection (Post Part … Read More Radical Transformation: Part VI
Imagine you are responsible for leading a community in both its daily civic life and in its spiritual commitment and dedication. You are held with great esteem by the community in and outside the church. You serve as an adviser for the politicians, a confessor for sinners, and a counselor and spiritual director for many. Your days run into each other with rapidity and … Read More I, John
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