By human definition, Putin is Orthodox Christian. He was raised Orthodox Christian by his mother. His father was atheist and also a career with KGB. Putin “joined” the Orthodox Church at age 41 and has used their platform to garner support ever since. I think most of the world sees Putin as Godless. Interestingly a right-wing think-tank below states the same despite the risk … Read More Is Putin Christian? How are we Christian today?o
I have a sweatshirt with this quote, not so much as to insult everyone else, but as to remind myself of when I am most at peace within my own skin. I am most at peace when I am unconditionally serving others. By service, I do not mean anything grand. Service comes in many shapes and sizes. When I intentionally am looking out for … Read More Your Life is Not About You
Last year presented insidious challenges to our collective well-being. We suffered significant losses to the original COVID variant and an explosion of the Omnicron variant, deaths unrelated to COVID, ongoing “populism” politics spurning unhealthy anxiety and hate, economic hardships, and the not-so-hidden repercussions of global warming. These external challenges are in addition to whatever personal demons (metaphorically speaking) we each individually carry on our … Read More A Joyous 2022 – An Invitation
Motherhood turns you into a fountain that flows and flows. Then it shows you that you will run out. | America Magazine
So much is transient: our physical beauty and strength, our mental capacity, our relationships, our ability to care for the people we love. Our capacity to fix problems. It will run out. It is a relief that it will run out. What I gave, I gave. What I accomplished, I accomplished. What I failed, I failed. No doubt I am only at a plateau, … Read More Motherhood turns you into a fountain that flows and flows. Then it shows you that you will run out. | America Magazine
Who are you: Creator, Restorer, Messenger, Destroyer, or Bystander? These actions for most of us require no evangelization, no debate or apologetics regarding religion, or public display of religiosity. Our message is simply how we live our lives and how we treat others in all we do. If we are living a spiritually coherent life we will naturally be great messengers of the faith … Read More Contemplating life? Who are you anyway?
Friedrick Nietzsche, German Philosopher, declared “God is Dead” in the late 1800s. In the 1980s I would author opposing papers regarding this assertion. The earlier version would assert an atheistic worldview and render belief in a personal God futile. The latter version would assert the opposite, that religion was dead, having lost its way and become a dead letter rather than anything representing a … Read More Mysticism
The Catholic Church declares this month Poverty Awareness month: https://www.usccb.org/committees/catholic-campaign-human-development/poverty-awareness-month. The call to all Catholics is for “solidarity with the poor.” It is an honorable goal. The site above has information and links to sites where you can take action. A contrarian critical mood has gripped me regarding “solidarity with the poor.” We are the poor. No I am not saying I or you … Read More Poverty
Poor Isaac asks his father, Abraham, “look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering.”[i] Think of the trauma Isaac must have felt as his father a short time later bound him up and prepared to kill him with a knife and burn him on the altar. There is no mention of Isaac’s response to his near-death experience … Read More Morning Dews # 6
Where was I again since I last wrote, someplace in Genesis with Abraham and his descendants making a mess of things and their covenants with God and with each other. Yes, that is right, I said you were dammed. Unfortunately, your fate has not changed since then; we are all still heading for a date with death. Our human flesh and our earthly existence … Read More Morning Dews – #5
The Coronavirus (Co-vid 19) has already influenced my personal life, financial well-being, work stress, political outlook, and spiritual life without a sniffle. Personally, do I want to attend this event with twenty or so people, young and old, spreading the common cold like candy? Is eating out the thing to do? The gym, a cesspool of germs before Coronavirus, is now a gauntlet of … Read More Handshake
Dear strangers; We take much comfort in our sense of time and our utilization of time; however, we define its importance. The journey from “birth to earth” for us is filled with time markers marking our days until our visible days are no more. Our mortality creates a great sense of urgency and pressure to use our time well. If you are reading … Read More Happy New Year
Thanksgiving day many of us will have the blessing of family, friends, food, and freedom. I am grateful on a granular level for my family, my fellowship with others, and my work colleagues. On an existential level I am thankful for those that disagree with me, for my enemies known and unknown, and the adversities that have simultaneously challenged and formed my fluid identity. … Read More Are you Catholic? Are you Political? Are you Sure?