“But as for me, it is out of the question that I should boast of anything at all, except of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. . . . After this, let no one trouble me; I carry branded on my body the marks of Jesus.”—GALATIANS 6:14, 17 This … Read More The Sign of The Cross
Esau gives away his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. A steep impulsive decision considering the firstborn gets double or more of the inheritance when their father passes! A youthful and rash decision for immediate gratification. Jacob manipulated his brother’s immaturity to have the firstborn birthright. At first glance, we could interpret this as merely brotherly gesturing and joviality. However, the Old … Read More Morning Dew # 7
As yet, the day is untouched by humans and probably the better for it. The COVID pandemic is cleaning the environment at rates never seen since the industrial revolution introduced massive pollution to our eco-system. The morning dew is on the grass, and everything is peaceful as we prepare to see the sunrise. I am naturally a P.M. writer. Today, however, I have been … Read More Morning Dews # 1
In the Catholic faith, we take Holy Communion very seriously. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops details the “Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America“[i] at there website if you want to get a sense of just how serious we are about Holy Communion. Our treatment of Holy Communion, … Read More Co-Vid 19 and Catholic Mass
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?
Angry with God today? Is anger understating your feelings towards God? Or if not today have you ever been enraged, hateful, irate, indignant, or resentful? Perhaps you have been accusatorial of God’s benign presence in the midst of suffering or even assign him direct responsibility for evil or pain that has afflicted you? Denying God today? Or you are by now beyond God, you … Read More Is God Dead? – Part Three
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
I am up too late tonight. I am somewhat in the valley of my mood range despite having no outward claim to be disgruntled, angry with my creator, or otherwise disenfranchised. To the contrary, I have many gifts to be grateful for, including among them adversities that have ensured I am well grounded in humility and empathy for my fellow man and sometimes even … Read More Noa
“She passes through this Word, enduring with true gentle patience every pain and trouble that I permit her for her own good. She accepts it courageously, choosing my way over her own. And she suffers not only patiently, but gladly.” Pg. 163 At first glance, my human instinct is to repel this idea with many objections: What word? Gentle patience with every pain? Someone … Read More Tears
The first words to greet me this morning: You are wretched wherever you are and no matter which way you turn – This was not the inspiration I was seeking this morning from morning prayer. I have a moderately stressful job of which sometimes I feel ill-suited for, financial woes as most everyone else, and loved ones near and far facing illness, stress, and mortality. Most … Read More Human Suffering – The Answer?
On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings—oh, happy chance! — I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest.[i] Two friends, 27 years apart, united in “their ardent desire to embrace the primitive Rule of Carmel, their longing for a deeper prayer life, their practice of poverty of spirit in the simplicity of their lives, the compassion evident in … Read More Contemplative Life
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