Saturday, April 4, 2015
Love. Luv. Like. Αγάπε (agape). Έροσ (eros). Φιλία (philia). Στοργή (storge).
What's love got to do (got to do) with it?
I was thinking (dangerous, I know) about love, and I've finally come up with a good thing about the English language's lack of differentiation in the word "love." I didn't think it was possible! I mean "love" is my favorite English whipping boy, my go to example of why the language is terribly deficient (which it is).
But there I was, thinking about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est raising the question about eros, and if eros can be purified, and is it really different from agape, and...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
- and how close?
A thin veneer of civility...
- scratch the surface and see him implode.
- A hair's breadth from exalted orations.
- A hair's breadth from depraved ravings.
Running before he can walk,
- it is a wonder he stands at all.
How beautiful is a life well spent?
See him chip and shatter.
See him weather storms.
Behold the Man.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
It's that time again, when young men and women prepare to have their baptisms confirmed, when the Holy Spirit is asked to descend upon them as He did the Apostles at the first Pentecost.
This year I was asked to give a talk to some of our confirmation students about how the Holy Spirit has acted in my life. What follows is what I prepared for them. When I speak, I do not follow my text exactly, I give room for the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and so this is different from the talks I gave, just as each of the talks were different from each other. Hopefully this will still speak to you in some way.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are these:
- Reverence (Piety)
- Fear of the Lord
We are asked time and again if we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, usually by a Protestant who is attempting to evangelize. It is an important question! But have you ever been asked if you have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit?
Consider yourself asked. Do you have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit? If not, why not?
Sunday, January 25, 2015
At the end of this week in which we commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the dubious Roe v. Wade decision, I have had some musings about abortion and the efforts we undertake to eradicate it. This is a little like a quick takes, but I'm too much of a non-conformist to do it on the right day, in the right number, or in some clever deviation from the norms. Sorry.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Valley of the Shadow of Death,
For though I fear no evil,
Come, to save my heart from the shadow;
Dispel the dark clouds of night.
Be my morning star,
My rising Son,
My Prince of Peace.
Be my comfort
- my refuge,
- my solace.
Love me, teach me to love you,
and turn even this to the good,
For Your Name's sake.
Be Thou God With Me.