January 24, 2015

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 Challenging words, those. We rush through the days, harried by our jobs, by our families, by our all too many daily obligations – many of which we may not even remember undertaking. Who has time to contemplate the things in our lives which are… Read more

January 18, 2015

Looking back on his youth, back to a time when C.S. Lewis was then still an atheist, he said this about agnostics in their search for God: “they might as well have talked about the mouse’s search for the cat.” A terrifying thought that. So how should one seek God? Just how do we go about it? I suppose having a modicum of faith – a mustard seed of faith – is enough to start. And then perhaps an openness, a… Read more

January 11, 2015

I am pleased to bring to your attention an extraordinary guest blogger, Michele Antaki. Ms. Antaki is from a Syrian Catholic family and was raised in both Egypt and France. She has been a United Nations interpreter in New York for 27  years in four languages. Among other things, she worked briefly at CBS right after the 9/11 attacks where she monitored Al Jazzera. She holds an LLM from the University of Nice, France. A more complete biography can be found at the end of… Read more

January 4, 2015

  The beginning of the New Year always seems to be the perfect time to start taking better care of our physical health – or to at least resolve that we’ll try. Whether by consciously choosing more nutritious and lower calorie foods, or by becoming more physically active, or by eliminating toxins such as nicotine, or by becoming more mindful of our body’s need to regularly rest and re-charge, we understand that the road to better health usually entails making minor, and sometimes major, adjustments in our lifestyle…. Read more

December 31, 2014

It’s been an exciting year for me! A year of growth. A year of change. I am grateful to Elizabeth Scalia for taking the chance on an unknown and for allowing my voice to be heard here at Patheos. I am grateful for your taking the time to stop by, and for your encouraging me by sharing my words, and for your thoughtful comments. I hope that my writings have been meaningful, inspiring, and encouraging. I am grateful to Pier Giorgio… Read more

December 26, 2014

As we conclude this Advent Season, and now begin the Christmas Season, it’s a perfect time for my periodic revisit of Douglas – the homeless man who briefly crossed my path in May 2014. I’ve run into him just the one time. But his presence deeply impacted my own life. And his brief story brought me here, to Patheos. So God bless you Douglas, wherever you are now. Here is your story, one more time, as I call to mind you and the desperate… Read more

December 21, 2014

I have to admit that the image of an anemic, meek and mild, almost frightened-looking Christ has always left me brutally cold. If, as the Church teaches, He came into the world to transform us – indeed to save us – well, He certainly better have some real fight in Him. The world, myself included, does not respond kindly to hesitant and feeble requests made by those we think of as weaklings. We’d just as soon dismiss them, make fun of them, trash them. But we do… Read more

December 19, 2014

THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON NOVEMBER 9, 2014. THERE IS STILL TIME TO ORDER THE BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS. IT’S AN IMPORTANT READ. The Catholic Church has long recognized that a not negligible number of men and women experience deep-seated homosexual tendencies. Catechism of the Catholic Church (“CCC”) 2358. It further recognizes that for many these tendencies constitute a very real trial. Importantly, the Church doesn’t try to analyze – either psychologically or theologically – why these tendencies exist. Nor does it condemn… Read more

December 14, 2014

The premise of this blog is a faith in progress. One of my goals has been to provide a window into the story of my faith as it evolves in real time. I’ve promised myself  – and you – that I will move forward with reason, rationality, a clear head, and eyes wide-open. At the same time, I cannot and will not discount the role that faith, or perhaps some inexplicable ordering of my steps (whether one calls it serendipity, coincidence, or mere fate) may play during… Read more

December 6, 2014

  We Remain Free To Choose. Free will. We easily claim it for ourselves even as we would all too often deny its exercise by others. We extol diversity even as we impose greater and greater social sanctions for non-conformity. It’s man’s nature to impose his will upon others. God, I think, laughs. He didn’t make us that way. If there is one theme that appears consistently throughout Scripture, it’s the gift of man’s free will. God could have created robotic, soulless machines… Read more

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