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Creation

God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow

January 13, 2019 0 Comments
God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow

It snowed yesterday in Washington, D.C. It wasn’t anything epic, just a decent six-incher. There were drawbacks, of course: Mass attendance was poor, and I had to get up early to shovel a path to the doors. (Thank you, Lord, for the helpers you sent!) Despite the inconvenience, snow incites wonder and awe in me. […]

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What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word “Mystery”?

January 10, 2019 4 Comments
What Does the Christian Tradition Mean by the Word “Mystery”?

In the secular world, a “mystery” is something that baffles or eludes understanding, something that lies undisclosed. And the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to solve it, get to the bottom of, or uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle, or “who-done-it” must be solved! In the Christian and especially the […]

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Have You Ever Really Seen the Stars?

January 6, 2019 2 Comments
Have You Ever Really Seen the Stars?

One of the central elements in the Epiphany story is the star. There are numerous theories as to what exactly it was. It may not have been a star at all, but Jupiter or Saturn, which are said to have come quite close to Earth around the year 6 B.C. I thought of that the […]

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? A Meditation on the Mystery of Time

December 30, 2018 5 Comments
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? A Meditation on the Mystery of Time

I open our New Year’s Eve late night Mass (11:15 PM) with the observation that we begin Mass in one year and end in the next. New Year’s Eve highlights the mysterious passage between years. In a way I suppose it is no more mysterious than the passage from Thursday to Friday or from 10:00 […]

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What Is the “Dark Energy” That Scientists Seek to Measure and Define?

October 31, 2018 1 Comment
What Is the “Dark Energy” That Scientists Seek to Measure and Define?

In 1929, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe was not static but was in fact expanding outward from some point of singularity. At first his fellow scientists ridiculed his theory, labeling it with the term “the big bang.” Even as late as the 1960s I remember being taught in school that the universe was eternal […]

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Things we Can Learn From Dogs and Cats

October 3, 2018 4 Comments
Things we Can Learn From Dogs and Cats

With the Feast of St. Francis upon us we do well to thank God for many things. It is a tradition in many parishes to bless animals on this feast. It is also a good time to ponder what our pets and animals can “teach” us. In the past I have shared a list of […]

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The Probability of You Existing at All Is Unbelievably Low

August 28, 2018 10 Comments
The Probability of You Existing at All Is Unbelievably Low

I was alerted to a fascinating article by Ali Binazir, who sets forth mathematically the probably that each of us exists. It turns out that when taking into account the astonishing number of possibilities of parents meeting, grandparents meeting before them, and so on going back generations, and then adding the vast number of sperm […]

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C=JL² This is the Metaphysical Math and Source of All Creation; It is the Grand Unified Theory

August 22, 2018 15 Comments
C=JL² This is the Metaphysical Math and Source of All Creation; It is the Grand Unified Theory

In my years as a priest, I have often had people ask me why God, who we say needs nothing and is fully content and joyful in Himself, created anything outside Himself. Does His act of creation indicate that He lacked something or that He needed others? This is difficult for us humans to understand. […]

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