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On the Cosmology of Fireworks

July 5, 2018 1 Comment
On the Cosmology of Fireworks

One of the great paradoxes of creation and our existence in God’s world is that many blessings are unlocked by explosive, even violent, forces. The cosmos itself is hurtling outward in a massive explosion. Here we are, living part way through that explosion. When I consider the fireworks on the Fourth of July, I often […]

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Where is the Dwelling of God?

June 25, 2018 7 Comments
Where is the Dwelling of God?

The following old Hasidic story was related by the late Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: “Where is the dwelling of God?” This was the question with which the Rabbi of Kotzk surprised a number of learned men who happened to be visiting him. They laughed at him: “What a thing to ask! Is not the whole […]

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Joy and Mystery, as Seen in a Commercial

April 6, 2018 0 Comments
Joy and Mystery, as Seen in a Commercial

Two things occurred to me after watching the video below. First, God’s law is not burdensome; it is a joy. The safest place in the world is inside the will of God. The students in the video below are given a homework assignment: they are to investigate the law of gravity. The very study of […]

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Order! Order! A Meditation on how the mystery of order proclaims the glory of God

October 22, 2013 12 Comments
Order! Order! A Meditation on how the mystery of order proclaims the glory of God

One of the things that most amazes me about the universe is its order. And its order is even more striking for its context of another widespread force: disorder, the tendency of things to fall apart. Let me explain. When we look at things we can observe that, left to themselves, things tend to fall […]

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Forever Singing as they Shine, the Hand that Made Us is Divine: A Consideration on the Hymn of Creation

February 2, 2012 19 Comments

A certain number of comments that come over the transom here at the blog never see the light of day. Perhaps they are unnecessarily hateful, contain profanities, or are personal attacks on other commenters, clergy or other public figures. One such comment came recently which I did not post for just about all the reasons […]

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The Majesty of God is Manifest in What He Has Made – A Meditation on a Great Hymn of Creation

September 21, 2011 8 Comments

OK, it’s gotten controversial to say it, but I want to say it anyway, that creation shouts its maker. It reveals its creator, and manifests its God. While the more militant atheists the more extreme followers of scientism and secularism may well scoff and urge believers like me to the door, I want to say […]

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On the Genre of Genesis and a Strange Little Question

October 15, 2010 73 Comments

Fr. Robert Barron has well noted that the Bible is not a book, it is a library. Contained within its pages are works of history, poetry, prayer, prose, theology, liturgical instructions, cosmology, philosophy, parables, moral tales, genealogy and so forth. How exactly to read its pages and understand them is often a matter of understanding […]

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The Day Hawking Blew It

September 12, 2010 0 Comments
The Day Hawking Blew It

 Msgr. Pope did a great job introducing us to the pastoral letter on the New Evangelization and we will continue to write about it as it becomes a way of life for Catholics in the archdiocese. One dimension of the New Evangelization is engaging people in conversation and not missing an opportunity to propose that […]

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