As Donald Trump continues to ignore the ethical obligations the United States has to the rest of the world, including to those who seek asylum or a new way of life in the United States, Pope Francis made a clear and resounding statement that would-be immigrants to any nation should have their basic human rights protected. They need to be treated with compassion, no matter what their status is: Finally, I would like to point out that the issue of… Read more

Having stated that God is without a material body, and therefore incapable of being perceived by the senses because the senses grasp after and perceive material objects, Dionysius explored the implications of God’s immateriality by stating:  nor has [the divine nature] disorder and confusion, as being vexed by earthly passions,—-nor is powerless, as being subject to casualties of sense,—-nor is in need of light;—-neither is It, nor has It, change, or decay, or division, or deprivation, or flux,—-or any other… Read more

Technologically is radically changing the modern world. Machines can and will replace all kinds of human labor. The job market will shrink as the need for human labor will vanish. While it is unlikely that all jobs will be eliminated, the number which will be overtaken by technology will require humanity to reconsider its relationship between work and wealth. If and when the need for human labor is far less than the number of people alive, either excuses will be… Read more

He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but happy is he who is kind to the poor (Prov. 14:21 RSV). The United States has Mexico and Canada as its neighbors. Trump now adds disdain for Canada to his reckless hatred for Mexico. He despises them because they challenge him in his pride, in his avarice, indeed, in his desire for power. It is no wonder that even someone from Fox News could, in the heat of the moment, let… Read more

After showing how apophatic theology could give some positive understanding about God by the way he established God as the Cause of all, asserting God’s greatness by denying what he was not, Dionysius next continued his theological and contemplative union with God by denying material substance to God. In this fashion, Dionysius wrote:  nor is [He] a body—-nor has [He] shape—-nor form—-nor quality, or quantity, or bulk—-nor is in a place—-nor is seen—-nor has sensible contact—-nor perceives, nor is perceived,… Read more

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (Jn. 10:11 RSV).  Jesus, the good shepherd, was so concerned with the salvation of our souls, he was willing to lay down his life for our sake. He showed us the way to follow him is to die to the self, to no longer be attached to ourselves but to look upon others with loving compassion, doing what we can to help them: For to… Read more

There is something rotten in the state of Germany. It is Richard Grenell. Not to be confused with to be confused with Grendel, he is the United States ambassador to Germany. In an interview on Brietbart, he indicated his new understanding of his position is to make political statements, interfering with foreign elections, by saying that his job is for the sake of collecting and empowering a particular political brand of thought (“conservativism” in the lines of Donald Trump).  After… Read more

CAPUT IV. That the pre-eminent Cause of every object of sensible perception is none of the objects of sensible perception.   WE say then- that the Cause of all, which is above all, is neither without being, nor without life—-nor without reason, nor without mind, nor is a body—-nor has shape—-nor form—-nor quality, or quantity, or bulk—-nor is in a place—-nor is seen—-nor has sensible contact—-nor perceives, nor is perceived, by the senses—-nor has disorder and confusion, as being vexed… Read more

In a famous episode of Christ’s ministry, Jesus turned fives loaves of bread and two fish into a meal fit for thousands: Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”  This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.  Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of… Read more

Once, the people of Israel were migrants. They had no land of their own. In Egypt, they experienced the hostility often given to migrants, suffering harshly by the dictates of the Egyptians. In rescuing the people of Israel, making them a holy and chosen nation with a land of their own, God told them to remember what it was like to be hated for being strangers in a land not their own. That way, they would know how and why… Read more

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