Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

What the Book of Proverbs has to say to us of the times in which we live

We are reading from the Book of Proverbs in the Office of Readings just now. In it are many good descriptions, or maxims that state well what we who are believers and seek wisdom are up against. They have a lot to say of the times in which we live. I’d like to review a [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Biblical teaching on the use of colorful and harsh language.

In the Gospel from Last Sunday the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as (Raqa and fool). And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of his opponents sometimes calling them names such as vipers, hypocrites and tombs. We live in a world that often insists on [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Problem of Pot. A Reflection on the Increasing Legalization of Marijuana

It is perhaps emblematic of our decadent times that the two most noteworthy legal maneuvers of late, occupying significant time and resources of the the legislative and judicial branches are: providing legal recognition to homosexual unions, and the legalization of the smoking of marijuana. Welcome to the decadent West. To these legal maneuvers it must [...] Read the rest of this entry »

What do the Stages of Starvation have to teach us about the demise of the West?

Physical starvation is not a problem here in the affluent west. And thus one might ask what the stages of starvation could possibly have to teach us about the problems we face in the West. But they do. The form of starvation that is a problem here in the affluent West is spiritual starvation. It [...] Read the rest of this entry »

In an age of many problematic trends in public education Catholics need to work harder to provide educational alternatives.

As we trend toward the end of January, Most dioceses sponsor some sort of “Catholic Schools Week” activities. With that in mind a few thoughts occur to me with regard to both the need for alternatives to public school, and the increasing difficulties related to Catholic schools. Indeed, one of the great tragedies of modern [...] Read the rest of this entry »

An Image of Grace and the Church in a Paul Simon Song

I’ve got my Gospel Glasses on, and my Holy Hearing Aids, and I’m seeing and hearing God in strange places. There are several Paul Simon songs that register holy thoughts to me, even if he didn’t mean them that way. One them is this one (followed by commentary from me) : When I was a [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Toward a proper and richer understanding of the word “Relevant.”

One of the recurring words of modern times is the word “relevance” and it’s related form “relevant.” There is great insistence today that whatever is said, taught, or presented should be relevant. Often what this means is that it should be applicable, reasonable, understandable, easily grasped etc. But there is also a more problematic temporal [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Four Factors That Fuel the Crisis in Marriage and Family

Many of you are aware that there is an Extraordinary Synod planned in Rome on the family.   There is surely no hiding the fact that the family is in real crisis, at least in the modern Western World, if not throughout many other parts as well. We do well to ponder the reasons and [...] Read the rest of this entry »

On The Loss of The Thanksgiving Holiday…Is there anything we can do?

Many of us have rightly, lamented the steady erosion of the Thanksgiving holiday. Over the past decade or so that hideousness of people camped out, sometimes for days, in front of stores to take advantage of “Black Friday” sales grew more widespread. This next intensified to stores opening at midnight, then at 8 PM on [...] Read the rest of this entry »

And The Word of the Lord Remains Forever; as seen in sign and stone

Today I was privileged celebrate in sign and stone what will always be so. Namely that the Word of the Lord forever stands! In late September two unknown perpetrators toppled a monument of the Ten Commandments at approximately 3:30 in the morning. Their shadowy figures were captured on numerous security cameras near the Supreme Court [...] Read the rest of this entry »

On Being the Adult in the Room

In the letter to the Ephesians,  Paul has this to say: And [Christ] gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Church is God’s Lampstand in Dark Times – A Meditation on a saying from St. Maximus

There is a helpful word of reminder given by Saint Maximus the Confessor, one of the Fathers of the Church that was in the Breviary yesterday. I want to rework the order of what he writes, if only for the purpose of applying it to the times in which we live. But for the sake [...] Read the rest of this entry »