Ukrainians, Russians, and any people that value freedom and human life have been warned by Putin today. He is using the language of dictators if the past that have embraced authoritarian rule, war, and genocide. This quote today is chilling: “The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and simply spit them out like a fly that … Read More Putin Menace
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
The biblical account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is a prominent source of teaching regarding faith and hope in Christianity. Christians believe this miracle happened, as did Jesus rising from the dead (the resurrection). As the centuries pass, there is a reductionist tendency to focus on Christ’s moral teachings rather than the miracles performed. From my point of view, there are … Read More War Part 4: Lazarus
Last week I pondered the lack of certainty that is embedded both in the Bible and by the priest and theologians that dedicate their lives to sharing the Bible throughout the ages: When we turn to the Priestly caste, by whatever title we bestow on them, in times of suffering or when our mortality is near its end, we don’t want uncertainty or insincerity. … Read More There are no coincidences?
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
“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