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?
My search for living a spiritual life has been hard fought. Not worthy of mention compared to the great biographies of Christian mystics or to the great sinners who eventually had a dramatic conversion experience. Here I am now on my God quest reading Catholic theology, early Christian writers, the lives of the saints and the primary source – holy scripture. Here I am … Read More God’s answer in the mail?
(0) Endings Always Bring; New Beginnings https://orionbrightstar.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/agape-is-gods-love-for-all-souls/ — Read on orionbrightstar.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/agape-is-gods-love-for-all-souls/ A blogger that writes pieces longer than myself! The art of deep thought and wrestling with life’s meaning does not fit well in. Tweet or a meme. This post hits resentments, loss, and worries. My spiritual response…. What lamentations or resentments do I hold today against others? I can think of a few, … Read More (0) Endings Always Bring; New Beginnings
No one today would seriously claim that God has sent a swarm of Locust to Africa as a form of justice. In the book of Exodus it was one of 10 plagues delivered against Egypt and its pharaoh. The Israelites were enslaved and God demanded their freedom by signs. Who symbolically speaking represent the enslaved today? 1) Third world countries with high poverty rates? … Read More Locust and a scattered mind?
The Sad Joyous Truth: Finally, you have found my blog page; you itinerant idiot. For those of you who have been here before do not pat yourself on the back. In all likelihood, you are much worse off now than when you last visited. Tell me it isn’t so, honestly, can you do that today? I don’t think so. Catherine has written to me … Read More Suffering and Providence
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
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
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
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
Seeking a greater union with God through prayer and meditation I sought out the works of Thomas Merton. This very tiny book, Spiritual Direction and Meditation, after much discourse and examination of the benefits of pray informed meditation, enough to provide a course of action and reassurance, takes aim at our human ego just after cresting the mid-way point of the book: “Knowing at … Read More Spiritual Direction and Meditation by Thomas Merton
April 1, 2017 Today I find myself in control of my destiny. My will and determination is paramount and the world is at my disposal. If any frustration arises in me at their denseness, I recognize that not all can be blessed with the wisdom that I have attained and patience is the rule of the moment when faced with brothers who remain obstinate … Read More Providence, Powerlessness, and Purpose
A minor Basilica located in the heart of Philadelphia, originally built for 75,000 , now is facing a roof repair that cost upwards of 14 million dollars! It is a national historic landmark, a museum, and soon to be home of a shrine for St. Katherine Drexel (http://www.katharinedrexel.org/), and is also an active but aging parish. After mass today my wife and I … Read More Cathedral Basilica, Philadelphia