The Kind Of Post TIME Magazine Never Picks Up, AKA, Hell Is Real!

Something's happening here; what it is ain't exactly clear...

Something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear…

The other day TIME Magazine picked up a Patheos post from a different channel in which the author asked us to imagine Christianity without Hell.

A Christianity without hell would be largely unevangelical, since there would be nothing to save anyone from.

A Christianity without hell would trust that God’s loving benevolence towards all people (emphasis on all) extends beyond this life and into the next.

Scrolling across my minds eye now is one of my favorite proverbs from a book that is full of wisdom, [Read more...]

Cardinal Kasper Kind Of, Sort Of, Apologizes (Maybe)…

Can you smell me from there?

Can you smell me from there?

 

“If one of my remarks about Africans was perceived as demeaning or insulting, then I am honestly sorry.”

Seriously? The European Imperialist “white man’s burden” talk was bad enough. There isn’t a church for Europe, one church for Asia, and others for America and Africa. There is only one Church, one Truth, One Lord. But what about the claiming that he never said anything about Africans in the first place? [Read more...]

“And When Cardinal Kasper Lied At The Synod, I Stopped Listening To Him At All.”

"What have I done?"

“What have I done?”

That’s a direct quote from me, Joe Six-Pack, USMC.  [Read more...]

The Synod As Seen By A Normal Person…

Hmmmmm.

Hmmmmm.

 

Good thing the meetings last for only a few more days.

 

It's like fingernails on a chalkboard on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.

It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.

Proverb time. [Read more...]

Walt Whitman’s Prayer of Columbus

Happy Columbus Day! I’ve a poem to share with you on the day on which we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ completing his voyage to the New World. And though nowadays the smart money seems to be on disparaging Christopher Columbus, I’ll be taking another path, thanks.

Ignatian spirituality tries to find God in all things. Many take issue with that premise, especially when stuck knee deep in the mire of day-to-day problems. I don’t claim to be Ignatian in my outlook (nor Franciscan, Benedictine, etc) on events or things. As a Catholic, I’m a little bit of all of those charisms, and more. But I do believe God works through the secular, just as I have faith that all things work for the good.

Here’s an example for you from the Pantheist, non-Catholic, and everything else wrong with the world, pen of Walt Whitman. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Demonstrates The Proper Way To Return A Salute

There is so much that heads of state can learn from this Head of State.

Everything You Need To Know About The Extraordinary Synod Process In 5 Minutes…

Synod? Heh. I'd rather watch baseball.

Synod? Heh. I’d rather watch baseball.

Forget the bloviating. Avoid the hyperventilating. Sidestep the handwringing.

That is Joe Six-Pack’s plan for surviving the synods the bishops are holding on the pastoral challenges of the family.

So what is happening and how does it work? Roll clip. [Read more...]

This Is My Dog. Your Argument Is Invalid

Cody_Fall_2014

 

What argument, you say?

All of ‘em.

God Made The Little Spider, That In Turn Made This Amazing Web…

Unfortunately, most of it has broken and what is left can barely be seen.

But if you look closely, you see can how the spider triangulated the moorings of the web, from the little bowed end of the hemlock branch below, to the two others.

Do you see? [Read more...]

I’ve Been On Retreat, Climbing A Mountain With An Elevation Of 6,500 RPM…

My Eaton M112, surgically removed.

My Eaton M112, surgically removed.

You probably think I’m off my rocker, but given how unsatisfying this month was shaping up to be, it was time for a break. A break from blogging, hand wringing, and all the other bad stuff happening in the world that I have absolutely no control over.

Did I also mention ridiculous silliness that passes for important stuff these days?

Right. [Read more...]


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