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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Faustian Dilemma Part 2

Posted by - June 1, 2018

What endures isn’t the external but the internal. What endures is our character, as it is shaped by how we react to life circumstances and by the virtue that we incorporate into our lives. We admire the altruistic person who sacrifices himself for another, who honors the responsibilities he has taken on and whose word

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Faustian Dilemma Part 1

Posted by - May 25, 2018

The Tragic History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus is a play by Christopher Marlow, an Elizabethan playwright and contemporary of William Shakespeare. The play is based on a German folktale and was reworked centuries later by the great German author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. This is the story of a brilliant but

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Catholic Means Universal

Posted by - May 19, 2018

The word “Catholic” means universal. which is frustratingly ambiguous. What exactly does universal mean? We argue that universal means every place. So the Catholic church is every place. Christians are to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world. This is what Christ commanded as he ascended into heaven (described in Matthew 28:19). Universal also means everyone. All people are

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Joyful Worship Part 2

Posted by - May 12, 2018

Years ago, I attended a conference for non-profit organizations from around the Pacific. The conference was held on the island of Morea in Tahiti. Living conditions were simple. The discussion at the conference was quite open and sometimes contentious, as people felt passionately about the issues being discussed. While the conference was sponsored by the

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Joyful Worship Part 1

Posted by - May 4, 2018

It is increasingly difficult to find anything worth watching on TV. Your choices seem to be limited to mindless comedies, intense cop shows, talent shows, and endless talking heads on 24/7 news channels that seem to be closer to scripted “reality” shows than real news. My wife and I were roaming through the channel options

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Easter and spring

Posted by - April 28, 2018

Today I saw my first robin of the year. The little red-breasted bird is the traditional sign that spring has finally arrived in this part of the world (Erie, PA). The robin and squirrels chasing each other around and around tree trunks bring instinctive joy to an ice encrusted heart. The temperature yesterday broke records

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Prayer

Posted by - April 21, 2018

The last of the pastoral plan core values is prayer. It seems strange that we need to specifically identify prayer as a core value but in this world of movements, social groups, Tweets and Facebook wall messages it may help to stop and remind ourselves that our faith isn’t just some social activity. It certainly

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