November 19, 2019

Growing up in Ireland in the 1940’s and 50’s, there was a wonderful Catholic custom on the feast of All Souls. Each time you visited a church and offered an “Our Father”, “Hail Mary” and “Glory be” for the pope’s intentions, you gained a plenary indulgence, to spring a soul out of purgatory and send it on to heaven. Read more

November 14, 2019

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, purgatory comes from the Latin ‘purgare’ to make clean, to purify, a place of temporal punishment for those who depart life in God’s grace, but have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. To us young children purgatory promised a little less fire than Hell. Read more

November 5, 2019

I remember well the day I fell in love with geometry. I was 10 or 11 years old and had recently been exposed to it in school. At first it was merely another subject, like geography or English Literature, and it didn’t seem any more useful than either of those. Read more

October 23, 2019

Who would have thought that a century ago, a couple of dogs, a buzzer, and a psychologist would uncover and demonstrate the means by which life as we know it can be destroyed? A simple principle from behavioral psychology may illuminate forces that are accelerating current global challenges. Read more

October 15, 2019

Only now did I understand that most of my dog Kayla’s fear was that she had detected, long before I had, that we were about to jump dimensions, to step through the veil into a “Caol Áit.” Read more

October 2, 2019

Life is not about reaching a destination, nor yet of hunkering down awaiting salvation. Life is a great journey in which dreams of destinations are merely the seductress enticing us to let go of our fears. Read more

September 18, 2019

Today, I came across a most exotic piece of evidence. I waded upstream from pool to pool. Sometimes the water just reached mid calf, sometimes it was chest high. Then I noticed a bleached pig skull on a branch six feet above the water. Read more

September 10, 2019

Why do some conversations seem to flow easily, while others careen off the cliff faster than we can intercede? So much of what feels satisfying/empowering or isolating/troubling in life seems to be related to the positive or negative emotions resulting from our conversations with each other. What are we missing? Read more

September 3, 2019

We read in Luke’s Gospel that Jesus grew in wisdom and grace. but, wasn’t Jesus divine? Wasn’t he God-incarnate? Wasn’t he God’s only son? Ipso facto, he must have been omniscient and, if so, why would he have needed to grow in wisdom and in grace? Read more

August 27, 2019

Enlightenment is the ultimate human level of higher consciousness. It is also the most intriguing change of all. There are those who seek it and never find it. Others gradually reach it after years of spiritual practice. And others who experience an instantaneous awakening, Read more

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