I began a four hundred and fifty-mile drive on Thursday morning from Dover, De to Lake Erie, PA with a van full of people. In the past, I drove straight to PA and then headed west. In my head, I thought I will change drivers as soon as we hit Delaware. It was a rather selfish thought. PA border is only about 50 minutes … Read More The Advocate Mystery
“She passes through this Word, enduring with true gentle patience every pain and trouble that I permit her for her own good. She accepts it courageously, choosing my way over her own. And she suffers not only patiently, but gladly.” Pg. 163 At first glance, my human instinct is to repel this idea with many objections: What word? Gentle patience with every pain? Someone … Read More Tears
The average priest and typical lay person cannot defend the Catholic church’s positions on homosexuality without retreating to insular theology that ignores scientific, sociological, psychological, and priestly realities. Yet these same individuals lay claim to absolute truth on God’s judgement of homosexuality and promote a culture of denial, hatred, and persecution. We have a theological construct that is disordered in and of itself: “From … Read More Close the Catholic churches?
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?
The sins of Adam, the first parent, have been transcended to us as his descendants including suffering and death. It is not that God has punished us by an addition – but merely withdrew his blessing and left us with our base selves. Is this “Original Justice” for eternity until the end of time anyway for a just God to act? Did it really … Read More Aquinas’ Shorter Summa (Part III: The Humanity of Christ – The Second Treatise on Faith)
Aquinas Shorter Summa: Part I: Introduction, God, and the Holy Trinity: 1-63 Compendium of Theology (1273 AD) (Compendium theologiae ad fratrem Reginaldum socium suum carissimum) I am embarrassed to admit I have chosen to read a compendium of Saint Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica. It represents only about 10% of the full version above. “He has reduced to a brief compass for the sake of … Read More Descend to the level of God’s enemies?
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)
In March of 2010 I visited my local parish priest and we discussed suffering, spiritual desolation, periods of dryness, the absence of spiritual consolation, and Providence. Whatever troubles I had at the time I truly cannot remember. But I left him with work to do on my own and with God. This priest was an artist himself and truly appreciated the masters. Shy of … Read More Providence: 8 year and 5 month journey
Generally today might be a day for recollection of St. Tarcicius, a martyr at the age of 12, or recollections of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a.m. masses or Noon, a small segment of the faithful may have joined together in Catholic Mass. Others may have had some solitude and prayer dedicated to this aspect of Catholic tradition and doctrine among their other prayerful … Read More Apologist
To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age I am not and never have been an Evangelist. My own path and journey has been too rocky, my criticisms to jaded, my mistrust too high. And yet if asked I would defend the main precepts of deep theological thinking of Catholicism – not the garden variety type superficial institutional media presentation … Read More To Light a Fire on the Earth by Robert Barron and John L. Allen (Book Review)
Seeking to live a holy life has many sojourners. Great care, discipline, and commitment is required to shape and mold our interior response to God. The paths to enlightenment and living a divinely inspired life have consumed many for a life time. Prayer, scripture, spiritual direction, the lives of martyrs and saints, heroes of the day, inspiring mentors, reading, and countless reflections of God’s … Read More Silence is Consent – Action is Required
It has come to an epic confrontation for all American Catholics and Christians. Politicians, families, friends, religious affiliations, and work associations once in comfortable silos have been shattered by a crisis of conscience over immigration. They have to face each other across the divide of rich and poor, red or blue, pro-Trump or not. There is real fear out there for the American middle … Read More Confrontation with thy neighbor?