November 5, 2019

There are two important elements to theological reflection. The first, and primary, is to recognize our own fallibility when dealing with transcendental truths. That is, our intellectual ability, however great it is, has its limits. The truth transcends our intellect. But beyond that, there are various levels of reflection possible, each which transcend our complete comprehension. On one level are those truths which, on their own, we can mostly ascertain with our intellect, but when combined together, form paradoxes, because… Read more

November 4, 2019

Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols (1Cor. 10:14 RSV). Idolatry is spiritually dangerous because it distorts the relationship between God and creation. Indeed, it is insidious, as it often takes something which is good and true, something which is honorable and worthy of respect but encourages us to focus our spiritual attention on it instead of God. Through idolatry, we transform some created good and absolutize it, putting it in the place of God instead of honoring and… Read more

November 1, 2019

The first of November is the third of three different feast days dedicated to two twin brothers, Sts. Cosmas and Damian (the other dates being July 1 and October 17). As Holweck noted, though these three feasts are often suggested as representing three different pairs of twin brothers, the likelihood is that it is really the same pair being remembered and celebrated, with each feast day coming from a particular region or church. “This multiplication, however, is an obvious error,… Read more

October 31, 2019

If you see in a province the poor oppressed and justice and right violently taken away, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them (Eccl. 5:8 RSV). In what can only be said to be both great irony and great hypocrisy at the same time, several conservative groups wrote a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics, suggesting that Nancy Pelosi, and the House,… Read more

October 29, 2019

Jesus made it clear. Christians are not to be judgmental: Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (Matt. 7:2-3 RSV). Christians should not be looking at others in order to find reasons to criticize them…. Read more

October 28, 2019

Modern process theology, developed in the twentieth century, is one of the most controversial ways to theologize about God. Process theologians reject the normative theological tradition in the way it describes God. Instead of saying God is eternal, unchanging (because he is eternal), omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, process theologians say God is viewed as being in time, as changing with time, and therefore, possessing limits to his knowledge and power. Process theologians believe that the traditional view of God is… Read more

October 25, 2019

In art, either as creators or participants, we are helped to remember some of the glorious things we have forgotten, and some of the terrible things we are asked to endure, we who are children of God by adoption and grace. — Madeleine L’Engle [1] The proper story of man is everything. The proper study of man as artist is everything which gives a foothold to the imagination and the passions. —C.S. Lewis[2] The Gospel is the story of the… Read more

October 23, 2019

In his historical mission, Jesus, the light of the world, constantly encountered the dark forces of sin. It was found all over, from those who claimed to be pious followers of God to people living in the tombs. Wherever he went, the darkness would make itself known. Demonic powers were everywhere, for where there was sin, there was the darkness which confronted the light, trying to entrap it so that it could be set aside. “The light shines in the… Read more

October 22, 2019

One of the great powers of symbols is that they are quite adaptable; the same symbol can be used to represent multiple meanings. Often, the meanings evolve, one from another, adding layer after layer of meaning. This means that previous understandings of the image are included in and help explain their new meaning once the transformation has taken place. Christians, since the foundation of the Christian faith, have taken symbols from the culture around them, using the meaning already associated… Read more

October 21, 2019

It is a sad fact that for many, Christianity, the Christian faith, is believed to be taught merely for the salvation of souls. Everything else is said to be secondary, and indeed, easily put aside. Of course, the salvation of souls is a part of the Christian faith. No one should deny its importance. But it is not all that Christianity teaches, nor all that it is concerned about. It is concerned with what is true, and promoting the practices… Read more

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