Turning Upside Down

     To get one’s spiritual life right, one often has to live “upside down.”      To be great, one has to serve.     To be holy, one has to confront sin rather than block it out.      To gain your life, you have to lose it.      To accomplish what the…

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The Best Thing

     One great thing about my experience of giving the philosophy talk at UD was that so many of my former students came to see the presentation, and then stayed to visit afterwards.  I taught them over 2 years ago, and so it was unexpectedly delightful that they wanted to attend.  They had such…

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Upside Down

     My new favorite book is called, Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI by Robert Stackpole.      Despite it’s fertile teachings, I disagree with the first sentence, which reads: “This book is a guide to a message that the world desperately needs to hear.  This message comes from ‘above,’ ‘right from…

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The Holy Spirit Coming Down

     Pentecost is the Holy Spirit coming down upon a person and into their heart, mind and spirit.    I was blessed to witness the Holy Spirit come down upon my dear friend, Samantha.  How blessed I am to be her sponsor!      What could matter more than that a person be in…

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This Little Light of Mine

     “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed: rather he places it on a lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light,” (Lk. 8:16)     One of my favorite things about being a Christian is how I feel Christ’s light shining….

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Being First

     “Whoever wants to be first, shall be last and servant of all.”  This is what Christ said to the apostles who were discussing who among them would be greatest.     Being last must be different for all people.  Maybe it means not receiving honors or promotions at one’s workplace, and accepting this well….

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Thomas Aquinas

     I love Thomas Aquinas.  He is such a mystic.  The cornerstone of his philosophy is that we are radically dependent for our very existence on God.  He balances this existential dependence with a robust ontology of material beings.  We are not shadows of reality (as Plato might have it), but substances (as Aristotle…

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A Man for All Seasons

     Every year I have a spiritual goal.  One year it was humility, then joy, then getting upset well, then humility again, and so on.  This year is, “Speaking the truth in love,” a phrase from Ephesians.      A Man for All Seasons is such a great movie.  I had not seen it in…

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Back to the Cloister

     In taking on family life, I chose to renounce the world.   Just as a nun or a monk renounces the world to gain intimacy with Christ in a concrete, all-encompassing manner, so have I left the world, and my home is where I seek Christ.     I feel that I have gifts…

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