Tag: Faith

Providence: 8 year and 5 month journey

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

Transformation In Christ: Part XII

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

Transformation in Christ: Part VIII

 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

I, John

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

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

Radical Transformation: Part V

Dietrich Von Hildebrand: Transformation in Christ (Chapter 9) On “Striving for Perfection” Who am I?  What am I?  Where am I today? Can you answer this question today?  I believe most of us can. Give it a try.  Briefly, write one or two sentences down now or just hold them aside for later reflection.  Here is mine: “I am a clinical social worker, married, … Read More Radical Transformation: Part V

Radical Transformation: Part IV

Dietrich Von Hildebrand: Transformation in Christ (Chapter 8) On “Confidence in God” Many Christians have been waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ.  It has been over two thousand years since he walked, preached, died and was resurrected.  Our Jewish cousins have been waiting perhaps as much a four thousand years for the first coming.  Jesus did not pass their mustard test of … Read More Radical Transformation: Part IV

Radical Transformation: Part III

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

Rest in Peace? – January 18, 2018

It is only January 16th today.  Anthony Shore has been convicted of 5 heinous crimes (rape and murder) of young girls between the ages of 9 and 21.  His conviction was November 15, 2004 some nine years after his last known victim.  He is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6 P.M.[i]   He himself has asked for the … Read More Rest in Peace? – January 18, 2018

Radical Transformation: Part One

Transformation In Christ by Dietrich Von Hildebrand (Chapter One: Readiness to Change) “Put off the old man who is corrupted according to the desire of error, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind:  and put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.” (Eph. 4: 22-24) Dam.  I am stumped by Dietrich Hildebrand’s first … Read More Radical Transformation: Part One

Pascal’s Wager – The Quandary of Faith

An opinion article in the NYT times entitled “Can We Learn to Believe in God?” by Agnes Collard takes a surface dive into the infamous Pascal Wager.[i]”  Childhood morality and imagery of heaven and hell underlie this equation.  The means and the ends of faith do not fall neatly into this theoretical trap.  To seek God (or seek to learn to believe in God) … Read More Pascal’s Wager – The Quandary of Faith

Letter to my Son

My Son; It is January 1, 2018.  I am comfortably seated in my recliner.  Mozart is playing in the background thanks to my new music companion Alexa.  God willing I will be 54 years old later this year.   There is not much I need or want for myself today.  I am neither rich nor abjectly poor.  It is difficult to put to paper what … Read More Letter to my Son

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