Balancing technology with faith and religion

“Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient,” Bill Gates said. “There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.” The remark may explain, in part, the decline of traditional worship, especially among Christians. At the same time, it encourages a larger discussion about one’s sense of [Read More...]

Memorial Day and Holy Sophia-The Holy Spirit

Wildflowers Start To Bloom In Area Ravaged By Wild Fires Last Year

Holy Sophia-the Holy Spirit witnessed Creation when the Creator brought the cosmos, heavens, the angels, and all the wonders of earth into being.  Some call her, due to this witness, God’s co-Creator.  Sophia is often identified with nature – the sky, mountains, the majesty of forests, and the mystery of oceans.  She is everywhere inviting [Read More...]

Christian ethics: does LA Cardinal Mahony carry Christ’s cross?

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Cardinal Roger Mahony might be mistaken regarding a powerful scriptural lesson about bearing one’s cross.  Recently, he blogged about “Carrying a Scandal Biblically,” in context to the child sex abuse scandal the Catholic diocese of Los Angeles is embroiled in. Blameless, innocent people who have been victimized or those who politically, emotionally, or physically hurt [Read More...]

Christian ethics post-hierarchy

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Critics of religion, especially those who see it as holding back social progress, believe the Western world is moving toward a post-Christian period. It’s not. The faithful, however, are disillusioned with the foibles of church hierarchy, long implied to consist of God’s specially chosen representatives, likely to be purer and more immune than the sinful [Read More...]

Why not a “Greek” Catholic for Pope?

Does the next Pope have to be Roman Catholic?  Why not Greek Catholic?

No one has mentioned his name.  Yet Sviatoslav Shevchuk is papal material.  He is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic (UGC) Primate and Archbishop-Major of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus-Ukraine.  Although the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) has been steadfast in its loyalty since swearing allegiance to Rome centuries ago during the Polish occupation of Western Ukraine, Easter [Read More...]

Spiritual ethics of survival

Self-employment or working for someone isn’t about professional achievement and fulfillment. If you’re a rose-colored eyeglass wearing idealist then, OK, it’s primarily about them. Realistically, it’s about survival. Although most hope for job satisfaction, the reality of life is about food, shelter, and clothes. Love, family, friendship and companionship bring joy, happiness and emotional comfort, [Read More...]

Bishop Finn, Pastoral Care, and Church Administration

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Bishop Robert W. Finn’s recent conviction for gross mishandling of a child abuse case again underscores why church administration and pastoral care must be kept separate.  Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, is the first American Catholic official to be convicted for the attempted cover-up of an accused child abuser.  Spiritual matters should be [Read More...]

Chick fil-A Appreciation Day misses the point – America needs conversation

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Wednesday, August 1, was declared “Chick fil-A Appreciation Day” by former Arkansas governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.  Gov. Huckabee is asking proponents of traditional marriage to eat at the restaurant chain today.  Dan Cathy, the company’s president and chief operating officer, recently unleashed a fire storm for publicly opposing same-sex unions and [Read More...]

Setup your work space for spiritual wellness

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It doesn’t matter if you have an office, cubicle, or share a common work space.  Nor does it matter if you’re a senior executive, middle manager, or working on the frontlines.  It’s important that your space reflect personal values, sense of self, and contributes to keeping you grounded.  Photos of friends and family are very [Read More...]

Spiritual Wellness for Executives

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Spiritual wellness for senior and mid-level executives is overlooked.  Scholars rarely write about it and business leaders are hesitant to acknowledge the need.  Psychics, astrologers, or tarot card readers are used by many high level professionals.  It’s not something they talk about or admit to, if at all, outside a very close circle. Executives have [Read More...]

Sin, Sex, and the Vatican

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A friend of mine quipped, “why would you go to a nun for advice about sex in the first place.”  It was his dry wit responding to the latest Vatican salvo against American sisters.  Although he recognized the book criticized by the Vatican, Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics is not a how-to-manual, implied [Read More...]


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