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

January 26, 2014 92 Comments
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 […]

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Is Anger Always a Sin?

October 13, 2013 25 Comments
Is Anger Always a Sin?

Some one wrote in the following question: How would you respond to a someone who (in Zen like fashion) states that anger is always counterproductive? Is anger always a sin? The simple answer is “No, anger is not always a sin.” In fact, in some situations anger is the appropriate response. If anger were always […]

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A remedy for Pride based on something Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena

September 1, 2013 43 Comments
A remedy for Pride based on something Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena

We live in times collectively marked by pride. And, while pride is a problem of the human condition that has beset us from the very beginnings of paradise lost, our modern age, with the rise of atheism, rejection of God, scorn for the metaphysical, and a hyper-emphasis of the “autonomous” self, pride has taken an […]

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Investment Advice from St Basil the Great

August 4, 2013 8 Comments
Investment Advice from St Basil the Great

Sunday’s Gospel on generosity and the need to renounce greed, is reflection worth continuing. Last week in the Breviary St. Basil the Great (in Hom. De caritate, 3, 6: PG 31, 266-267, 275) provided a reflection that amounts to an investment strategy not just for the near future of old age, but for eternity. Challenging […]

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You Can’t Take it with You, But You Can Send it on Ahead! Five teachings on Wealth from the Gospel of the 18th Sunday of the Year.

August 3, 2013 21 Comments
You Can’t Take it with You, But You Can Send it on Ahead! Five teachings on Wealth from the Gospel of the 18th Sunday of the Year.

The Gospel today is not merely a warning against greed, it is an instruction on income and wealth given by Jesus to help us root out greed. As the Gospel opens the problem of greed is presented, and then a prescribed perspective about wealth is offered. Lets take a look at both parts of this […]

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On The Human Tendency to "postpone" the Resurrection. A Meditation on Something Jesus said to St. Martha

July 29, 2013 20 Comments
On The Human Tendency to "postpone" the Resurrection. A Meditation on Something Jesus said to St. Martha

In the Gospel of Monday of this week, the Feast of St. Martha, there is an interesting dialogue between Jesus and Martha. Martha begins by saying, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you. And thus […]

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On the self-consuming caused by Greed, as seen in a humorous video

July 19, 2013 17 Comments
On the self-consuming caused by Greed, as seen in a humorous video

The humorous video below well illustrates some of the following lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes: The fool folds his arms and consumes his own flesh. Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and a chasing after the wind….Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their […]

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think. A Consideration of Distorted Thinking and the Spiritual Life

June 23, 2013 13 Comments
Don’t Believe Everything You Think. A Consideration of Distorted Thinking and the Spiritual Life

In my work as a spiritual director, and also in deliverance ministry, as well as in my own experience of growth, it is very clear that there are common patterns of distorted thinking that disrupt spiritual growth and cause distress and disorder. These cognitive distortions lead one to misinterpret, or to over interpret the data […]

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