April, 2015

A Man I Know

Man at Prayer

I lit a candle and prayed in our parish chapel not long ago for a man I know in his late-70s who is struggling with various health issues as he gets older.  The candle I lit burned brightly, more brightly than the others, for the hour I was in the chapel.  The light reminded me of his life filled with […]

The Christian Middle Ages and the Greek Scientific Corpus

This is the fourth in a series of six essays. I like to review before starting so the current essay is read in context. To understand how science was born of Christianity, first “Fr. Stanley Jaki’s Definition of Science” must be understood. Then “The Stillbirths of Science in Ancient Cultures” can be understood; by science Fr. Jaki meant what we now […]

The Healing Stone

Artwork Copyright © by Jef Murray

The stone was slick to the touch. The old woman noticed it peeking out from the rubble of the scorched and ruined house. The smell of burnt wood and flint still filled the air, and Elizabeth knew that, beneath the ashes, hot embers could still scorch her if she was not careful. This had been Elizabeth’s home for nearly as […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a […]

Encountering the Word — Philemon 1:4-6

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is ours in Christ.” […]

Holding Hands During the Our Father?

"Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (detail) by van Eyck

This is going to be fairly a controversial topic, so fasten your seatbelts. I know this isn’t everyone’s opinion, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and research about it and feel strongly enough to finally step out of the shadows to speak my mind. I don’t think we should hold hands during the Our Father. If you try to […]