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Demonstrating Nature in Airport Design

September 22, 2017 1 Comment
Demonstrating Nature in Airport Design

In our culture, many battles are fought on the question of nature. The word “nature” comes from the Latin natus, which means “birth.” Thus, nature is what we are intrinsically born with, what we are born to be. Church teaching and traditional philosophy insist that things have a nature. That is, they are endowed with […]

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Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

September 8, 2017 0 Comments
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

Given the terrible storm that has devastated parts of the Caribbean and is bearing down on Florida as I write, it is possible that questions come to mind. There is certainly a violent component to life on this planet. We might even play on the words of an ancient hymn Dies Irae, dies illa. Yet […]

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Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

October 22, 2015 1 Comment
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Great and Yet Terrifying Blessings

Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. The book of Job says, The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2). It is a fact that we live just above a fiery cauldron separated from us by a thin membrane of earthly crust rife with […]

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On the Relationship Between Light, Time, and the Mystery of God

October 21, 2015 6 Comments
On the Relationship Between Light, Time, and the Mystery of God

I was meditating on time today, precipitated by some mysteries I’ve recently learned about the light of the Sun that reaches this earth. I have long known that to look up into the night sky is to look far into the past. Looking up at the star Sirius, I am seeing 9 years into the […]

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Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

October 4, 2015 1 Comment
Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington D.C., we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (one day early, on Saturday, Oct 3rd) with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought […]

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