Posts Tagged ‘Faith & Current Events’

Living on the Dark Side of the Cartesian Divide. A Reflection on the Gnosticism of our Times

There is a line in the first letter of John (read on the Monday of this week), a line that proves of critical important to many difficulties today with heresy, unbelief and moral decay. The line says: Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because […] Read the rest of this entry »

But why do YOU go to Mass? A Reminder of the critical importance of rendering personal testimony in evangelization.

Some decades ago the argument from authority was often invoked as we answered some question about the faith. It was often considered sufficient merely invoke the existence of a rule. And thus, to my nagging question, “Why should I have to go to mass?” my parents would often answer, “Because it’s a rule!” Other variations […] Read the rest of this entry »

An apologia for Jibberish, or is it gibberish?

On of my problems on the blog is that I often “commit typos.” That is to say, I am lousy at proof reading my own material. A number of you send me little corregida, for which I am grateful. I do read over what I have wrote, but I read right past my errors and […] Read the rest of this entry »

“Without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof.” A Meditation on the Loss and Recovery of Tradition.

When I was a young man, a teenager really, I did the usual crazy stuff of the early, 70s, long hair, bell bottoms, wide ties, crazy plaids, shirt open at least least three buttons, and of course, rock-n-roll. But, through it all I had this love for older things. I think it had something to […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Day in the Life of the Church: A Meditation on How the Lord Still walks this Earth in His Mystical Body

Many Catholics seldom think past their own parish when the consider the Church. And yet the Catholic World is huge and quite vibrant: 1.2 Billion Catholics in the World. 412,236 Priests 721,935 Religious Sisters 221,055 Parishes 92,847 Catholic Elementary Schools with 31 million students. 43,591 Catholic Secondary Schools with 17 Million Students [*] 117,000 health […] Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking About Thinking – A Reflection on some of the Modern Pitfalls and Logical Fallacies that Hinder Us

A lot of breakdown in modern communication comes down to logical fallacies and cognitive distortions that have us talking past each other. Perhaps, as the new year draws near, we might spend a little time reflecting and “thinking about our thinking.” All of us fall into these traps. I have spoken before on the blog […] Read the rest of this entry »

No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged, As Seen on TV

The video below is a Coca Cola commercial from about five years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that Star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves. It made them look out and […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Meditation on the Bloody Octave of Christmas

Many are shocked to walk into daily Mass on December 26 and instead of hearing more of the “Baby Jesus” we are confronted with Martyrdom, “The Feast of Stephen” is ancient on the Church’s calendar. More ancient than the Christmas cycle and hence it was not removed to another time. Bu the martyrdom does not […] Read the rest of this entry »

Some Paradoxes of Christmas

In the ancient Church, and until rather recently, we genuflected at the two references to the incarnation in the Mass: at the Creed and at the Last Gospel (John 1). Why did we do this? It was explained to me that the mystery was so deep that one could only fall in silent reverence. There […] Read the rest of this entry »

Why is the Christmas Feast Celebrated Largely at Night?

O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! and, it came upon a midnight clear. Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the mid night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why not? Even though we are not told the exact hour of his birth we […] Read the rest of this entry »

Will God Still Be Able to Find Me? A Meditation based on an endearing Christmas Commercial

Children often have problems with generalization and conceptualization. For example, when I was very young I was told that Jesus lived in the tabernacle. Fine I thought, then that must mean there is furniture and stuff in there. So when the priest opened the tabernacle up on the high altar, I earnestly looked for the […] Read the rest of this entry »

Rude and Uninformed. A reflection on a recent billboard campaign by Atheist Humanists

I was asked by the Young Adult group in my parish to address some ads on our local buses and subway trains here in Washington. The members of the Young adult group found the ads offensive and troubling, especially since they were aimed at kids. The ads are posted by the American “Humanist” Association (AHA) […] Read the rest of this entry »