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?
Final Chapter: True Surrender of Self (Chapter 18) The final chapter of Transformation in Christ by Dietrich Von Hildebrand begins by informing us “at the beginning and at the end of the road we travel in the process of our transformation in Christ.” Dietrich starts off with defining this act as an “eminently personal act.” While this personal act may be within the vessel … Read More Transformation In Christ: Part XII
Holy Sorrow: I have a pair of spectacles from my deceased brother that remain powerful to me long after his death. His death and the premature death of others close to me have challenged my faith in God as a pre-adolescent well into adulthood. Unexpected, unfair, violent, and premature deaths jolt our very core of an all-powerful God. I have been at times defenseless … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part X
Door Knockers: Two men in suits rang my bell today. There was no chime as the battery is dead. In a moment of weakness I ducked my head under a blanket and considered if they were politicians, Jehovah’ Witnesses, or unusual door to door sales men? I peered back out and the two were conversing casually patiently. Now the lead unwanted intruder into my … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part IX
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
Higher Power versus God Relapse versus Sobriety Misery versus Happiness The characters behind the scenes of the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous are numerous both at its inception as well as built on the pain, suffering, and deaths of alcoholics preceding them and to follow them. That being said Dr. Bob, Bill W., Anne Smith (Dr. Bob’s wife), Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker[i], Frank Buchman and … Read More Blasphemy of Alcoholics Anonymous?