On Sin (Part 2)

Posted by - July 28, 2018

Community is distinct from culture in that culture refers to a fairly broad range of practices and expectations that are found among several communities.  The term community is used most often to refer to a specific group of people sharing a common residential area. Given the circumstances in which the community finds itself, the people

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On Sin (Part 1)

Posted by - July 21, 2018

Not long ago I shared a true story in which a college student dropped by the office of a well-known theology professor from whom he was thinking about taking an introductory course. He needed to take the course, as it was part of a core requirement of the university. The student explained that he was

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On Relationship with Jesus Part 6

Posted by - July 14, 2018

We often think of the early Christian community in Jerusalem as being a model of the ideal Christian community. How is that community described in the Acts of the Apostles? “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had

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On Relationship with Jesus Part 5

Posted by - July 7, 2018

Another important element of the secret to the success of Homeboy Industries is to realize that it is not about helping the suffering or doing for those in need.  Such attitudes just reinforce the perception that some people are more worthy or lovable then others. This plays into the despair and self-loathing that leads to

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On Relationship with Jesus Part 4

Posted by - June 30, 2018

There is a story told by the theologian Lawrence Cunningham, former chairman of the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame, about a student who came to him to sign up for a freshman theology course. The student explained that he was an atheist. He would do the course work, but he didn’t believe

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On Relationship with Jesus Part 3

Posted by - June 23, 2018

About a century ago a psychologist, Rudolph Otto, described an encounter with the transcendent as a depth experience, which was characterized by awe, as well as fascination. He called these experiences numinous; that is, difficult to describe, yet rooted in our human condition.  We need some way of perceiving these experiences, as well as interpreting

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On Relationship with Jesus (Part 2)

Posted by - June 16, 2018

Another politics related danger is becoming too strongly associated with one political party or another.  The difficulty in the US is that one political party is strongly associated with a pro-life position on abortion but a strongly anti-life position on capital punishment and most other life-related issues. While the other major party is pro-choice on

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On Relationship with Jesus Part 1

Posted by - June 8, 2018

Over the past few months I have been working my way through the Diocesan Pastoral Plan with my Along the Way reflections. This week I reached the point in the plan’s vision statement where the vision of “helping young children and parents encounter Jesus in a personal way” was the topic of the day. What

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