Debt Deal, But No Jubilee for Average Americans

Bankers, large investors, currency traders, Wall Street moguls, career and ambitious minded politicians, and U.S. bond holders in China and the Middle East are among those happy that America will not default. A Faustian inspired deal has been agreed to in Washington. Average Americans, however, were overlooked. A biblical Jubilee is needed for the poor [Read More…]

Norway's Oklahoma City – Why?

Almighty God comfort the People of Norway during this time of death and confusion.  Give them courage, strength, and bless them with peace allowing each person to find closure.  Amen.       Why God?  Why do these things happen?  Do you allow them?  Free choice?  What was the choice of the people murdered? An Oslo police officer [Read More…]

Church-State Separation in 2012

In 2011, a poll conducted by the First Amendment Center found that 67% of Americans favor a separation of church and state.  Although delighted, I’m skeptical of the numbers.  Social conservatives, especially in the South,  are far more likely to understand the separation of church and state differently than those in the Northeast.  A conservative in Massachusetts or New [Read More…]

Mother Teresa, CEO – Book Review

“Discover the Joy of Discipline” is an advice chapter offered in Mother Teresa, CEO:  Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership that I was invited by Patheos to review and reflect on.  Although I wouldn’t describe them as “unexpected principles,” or that they are always practical … Read More Here.  [Read more…]

Sophia's Ballet

The New York City Ballet (NYCB) arrived for its annual two week July engagement at its summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY.  I have the good fortune to live nearby.  Alexander Pushkin aptly described ballet as “a dance executed by the human soul.”  There is something sacred about every ballet performance.     Dance has the potential [Read More…]

Too Blasé for Love

In a headache inducing duet Judy and Liza belted, “Love, love, hooray for love.  Who was ever too blasé for love?” Me!  That’s who!  I’m too blasé for it.  I’m tired of it.  I have a migraine from all the chatter about a social construct that was recently expanded!  As a New Yorker, I’m grateful, [Read More…]

Prayer to Holy Sophia (the Holy Spirit)

Holy Sophia, God’s companion at Creation, instruct this Pilgrim in your Creative Ways; Field of Sunflowers, instill this Lover of Christ with the Holy Fire of Creative Love; Morning Mist, bless this Sojourner with Creative Discernment.     Holy Spirit, teach this Child to recognize, accept, and not fear Creative Revelation; Gentle Breeze, reveal to [Read More…]

What is Religious Freedom?

“We just don’t want this definitive religious freedom to be at the mercy of some government whim,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York said of his opposition to same-sex marriage.  He is among the faith leaders concerned that religious freedom is at risk.  If prohibiting same-sex marriage protected religious freedom as understood by the Catholic leadership, [Read More…]

Progressive is Tradition

The greatest commandment is love.  We are called to love God and neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40).  Christian ethics, theology, and philosophy start here.  It is the purest, truest Christianity.  In the Wisdom of Mystical Love (WML) brought by Jesus is found the complete dogma, doctrine, and tradition of the church.  This mysticism enables us to be “made [Read More…]

Beyond the Red Menace

In a June 14th blog entry Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the New York Diocese lamented about the likely passage of marriage equality in the state.  As of June 16th the legislation, with several religious exemptions included, needed one vote to pass the state Senate.  It  has passed the Assembly.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Roman Catholic, will sign [Read More…]


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