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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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The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Second Letter of Peter

June 4, 2018 2 Comments
The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Second Letter of Peter

The first reading for Mass this Tuesday, taken from the Second Letter of Peter, is a warning to us. There’s an old spiritual that says, “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water but the fire next time.” This reading today speaks to us of the “fire next time” and reminds of the need […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Must Be Salted with Fire?

May 28, 2018 4 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Must Be Salted with Fire?

The Gospel from last Thursday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50). Let’s begin with a few observations about […]

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A Brief Meditation on the Fiery “Violence” of Love

June 21, 2017 2 Comments
A Brief Meditation on the Fiery “Violence” of Love

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 very cosmos itself is in a kind of process of hurtling outward in a massive explosion. And here we are, living midway (?) through that explosion. When I see fireworks […]

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