It has come to an epic confrontation for all American Catholics and Christians. Politicians, families, friends, religious affiliations, and work associations once in comfortable silos have been shattered by a crisis of conscience over immigration. They have to face each other across the divide of rich and poor, red or blue, pro-Trump or not. There is real fear out there for the American middle … Read More Confrontation with thy neighbor?
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
My Son; It is January 1, 2018. I am comfortably seated in my recliner. Mozart is playing in the background thanks to my new music companion Alexa. God willing I will be 54 years old later this year. There is not much I need or want for myself today. I am neither rich nor abjectly poor. It is difficult to put to paper what … Read More Letter to my Son
“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 A simple calling that many of us aspire to practice in all our daily affairs. Micah is ancient, from the Old Testament, 686 B.C., telling us the importance of justice, kindness, and humility. We may secretly believe we are doing … Read More Mercy? Self-Compassion?
“Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”[ii] On June 19, 2017 George Yancy challenged you via New York Times opinion piece to consider is your God Dead? What does it mean to believe in a “Living God?” My belief is in a living God. However, I cannot attest to having seen him in person, to have heard … Read More Is your God Dead by George Yancy[i]
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
Ruminating on the Evils of War and Fighting an Invisible Enemy Despair On the Eve of Battle God of power and mercy, maker and love of peace, to know you is to live, and to serve you is to reign. Through the intercession of St. Michael, the archangel, be our protection in battle against all evil. Help me [us] to overcome war and violence … Read More Trump and Terrorist
“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!
“The truth is not grasped as a thing; the truth is encountered. It is not a possession; It is an encounter with a Person.” Pope Francis, May 15, 2013 General Audience One word: Truth. We assume and lay claim to the truth everyday. We defend our sense of the truth as if it was absolute, irrefutable, and natural. We take for granted that our edifices … Read More The Truth