March 20, 2019

It has become extremely difficult for our youth to come together and form families. Many things stand in their way. They need to get an education; this is something few can do without any student loans. Then they need to get a job, but how many of them find good paying careers are easy to find? Few and far between! And when they finally get themselves a sustainable career (if they ever do), and they find a spouse, they find… Read more

March 19, 2019

We know little about Amma Sarah; she is a saint of the church, whose feast is celebrated on July 13. It seems that she was born in a wealthy Christian family in the 5th century, but found herself through her education and innate desires, attracted to the ascetic life.[1] Her desire was to become pure at heart so that she could be united with God; this led her to a long struggle against the desires of the flesh, “lust” and… Read more

March 18, 2019

“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy” (Ezek. 16:49 RSV).  The sin which lay behind the destruction of Sodom, the sin which cried up to the heavens, was the lack of social justice within the city, so that the poor and needy were deprived of the basic necessities of life so that the rich and powerful could enjoy… Read more

March 15, 2019

I woke up this morning and saw, to my dismay, the horrible mass killing of Muslims in New Zealand. Over forty Muslims were shot and killed at two different mosques. This was an orchestrated terrorist attack.   One of the gunmen involved, a young man from Australia, posted a manifesto explaining that the attack was racially motivated: he was a white supremacist who saw foreigners as a deadly threat to be destroyed. We have a major problem, not only in the… Read more

March 14, 2019

And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Lk. 12:15 RSV). Covetousness, the desire to possess the world and dominate it, forcing it to be a slave to one’s own desires instead of seeing it as a gift of God to be shared by all, is one of the great sins which we must overcome. It leads us far away from God, generating,… Read more

March 13, 2019

St. Salvian, talking about the horrors the poor faced in his day, could easily be talking about the current situation of American politics, where politicians seek personal gain on the backs of the public: There is no greater pillaging of poor States than that done by those in power. For this, office is bought by the few to be paid for by ravaging the many. What can be more disgraceful and wicked than this? The poor pay the purchase price… Read more

March 12, 2019

The Christian way is the way of love. Love is not boastful, it is not proud; it desires good for all. It will not look for excuses to judge others: rather, it will be saddened by our own faults and blemishes, our own imperfections at love. Thus, Amma Syncletica, speaking to her community in the desert, gives advice which all should follow: She [Syncletica] also said, ‘Imitate the publican, and you will not be condemned with the Pharisee. Choose the… Read more

March 11, 2019

We are on a journey – a journey towards our true homeland, the kingdom of God. Along the way we will come to know ourselves. Who am I? What am I? What is my purpose? What exactly is this “I” that I speak of? Unless we come to know ourselves, unless we come to know and understand what this “I” is, and what it is not, we will not find our way to the kingdom of God. It is only… Read more

March 8, 2019

Several theological and philosophical paradoxes emerge as we try to deal with and contemplate the transcendental God within the limits of the human intellect and the thoughts and words it produces to theorize about God.  As we reach out towards that transcendence, and realize truths which are revealed from it, we will find it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to coordinate all those truths into a consistent system. We must recognize and accept this from the onset. We can try… Read more

March 7, 2019

Water is good. Water is necessary for life. We need water. We need to drink water. We are mostly made up of water. But too much water will kill. The fact that water can kill does not make water bad: it only shows the relative value of water and the balance which we need to have with it. If we have too little, we die, and if we have too much, we die. Oxygen, likewise, is good. We need it…. Read more

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