“The homeless live in virtually every city and town around the globe, representing a sixth of humanity — or about a billion souls. Like ghost, they haunt the busy thoroughfares of the world.” If you read nothing else in this post except this quote that is okay. Please contemplate and pray for these billion souls in whatever spiritual tongue you possess and cherish. Teasdale … Read More A Monk In The World: Cultivating A Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale
“We interrupt this broadcast to report unprecedented dramatic events. World leaders have closed communication with the press and have unexpectedly cancelled events. The White House, Bellevue Place, Kirribilli House, Elysee Palace, Zongnaihai, Buckingham Palace, the Kremlin, and the Vatican have been confirmed by our News Agencies to have shuttered their doors and key staff retreated to interior corridors of powers.” An unprecedented notification like … Read More Advent Adventure
“The moment that you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in this moment is when you embrace it all and say: Look, I don’t understand a “%#$%!#!*^%” thing at all – Hallelujah! That’s the only moment we live here fully as human beings.”[i] Leonard Cohen Leonard traveled the world and had good instincts regarding political turmoil, civil unrest, government chaos, … Read More Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Why not have 10,000 Holy Warriors at your side? Author James Martin, SJ remarked “Sometimes I think that the one reason we begin praying to a saint is that the saint has already been praying for us.”[i] What a remarkable idea. Perhaps we do not have to find a saint but let the saint find us praying? Nonetheless, Martin had developed an affinity for … Read More In search of a Saint (or 10,000 Holy Warriors)
November 9, 2016: I visited the Kennedy Center today for a family activity where check in was at the Hall of Nations and the seats of power were within eyesight. This is no small reality check given the dramatic upset that transpired yesterday in US presidential politics. The view in DC felt dark. That the winning candidate has given license to the worst … Read More The Day After – A Dark Night
I wrestled with God and Won! Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope by Joan D. Chittister, is an excellent spiritual journey for all believers that have difficulties with life’s struggles and God’s appearance of indifference. Twenty-four distinct chapters referencing the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God throughout the dark night until dawn and the author’s own life experiences are utilized to examine “A … Read More Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope: Book Review
The Conservative Christian (Republican) 10 point inquiry: I am interested in “Pro-Life” single ticket voters that are for criminalizing abortion. This single issue item is perhaps the one thread that staunch Evangelical Christians and Catholics raise when other policies or the candidates themselves become untenable or unsupportable. The rationale is “I have to support the lesser of two evils solely on the abortion … Read More Abortion and Politics
“In fashion then as of a snow-white rose Displayed itself to me the saintly host…”(Canto XXXI) In Canto XXXI, the Glory of Paradise, the snow-white rose is portrayed. It struck me immediately as being a representation of the Eucharist[i], though Dante’s depiction defines it as pedals of ancient believers (pre-Christ) and believer’s post-Christ. The snow-white rose presents a symbol within the larger poetical allegory … Read More Paradiso by Dante Alighieri