Tag: Faith

The Greatest Gift on this Father’s day

I am up before others this a.m. preparing for the day.  Morning prayer has greeted me and light reading provided some insight and perspective from which to view the day.  The sun is shining, my cat is snoring, and the birds in the backyard are singing, I kid you not, this is not just a cliche.  The birds are truly singing. My daily ritual … Read More The Greatest Gift on this Father’s day

The Advocate Mystery

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

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Prayer last night (day 9 of lent) bought me a little Ignatian Examen prayer. I simple started my prayers the way I normally do and reviewed my day for any remnants of the following all too human tendencies: My fears My attachments My need for control Illusions of entitlement Each of these may not be readily apparent at first glance or very familiar friends … Read More 10

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The morning of day 4 of our Lenten Journey that I share with 2.19 Billion Christians? It cannot be. A century ago there were only 600 million recorded. Yet it can feel like we are only 600 million strong. And even that number does not capture the loneliness of being a believer. Yes, having belief and faith in God can be a very lonely … Read More 4

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

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