February 20, 2017

Merton: A Path So Mundane, Can It Really Be?

• • • The simplest and most effective way to sanctity is to disappear into the background of ordinary everyday routine. • Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas … [Continue reading...]

Merton Week: As if I were a different kind of being

Who can escape the secret desire to breathe a different atmosphere from the rest of men? • • • And now I am thinking of the disease which is spiritual pride. I am thinking of the peculiar unreality that gets into the hearts of … [Continue reading...]

Merton Week: The Place I Wish to Begin, the Well from Which I Wish to Draw

❅ Let me keep silence in this world, except in so far as God wills and in the way He wills it. • Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Epiphany IV – It’s All About Blessing

SERMON: It's All About Blessing When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:  ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for … [Continue reading...]

Epiphany IV: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY IV Bach Cantata BWV 14, "If God were not with us at this time" BWV 14 is one of the latest extant Bach cantatas we have, dating from Jan. 30, 1735. The text's constantly … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Brunch, January 28, 2017

Hello, friends. Been a while. Chaplain Mike asked me to pinch hit for him this weekend. Ready to Ramb....? Wait... Okay, so we're brunching now. Fine. I like brunch. Who doesn't like brunch? Let's do this thing! First on our … [Continue reading...]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: January 27, 2017

From March 2008 A truly prominent, not-post anything blogger has put forward the following theory: Those who use the prefix “post” to describe themselves are claiming to be smarter than those who don’t. Example: A … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: My Ambiguous Apologetic

I confess. I have no apologetic. There is no defending God. There is no proving his way is right. To do so would require that I understand God, that I can substantiate the claims of truth my faith calls me to hold. I can … [Continue reading...]

One of God’s Better Stories

I have to admit, I loved being a part of the story I posted yesterday. It was a great privilege to know Lenny and Frances, and their lives inspire me. I got a sense from the comments that we all feel admiration for people like … [Continue reading...]

Frances and Lenny: When All That’s Left Is Love

Frances died last week. Her family all said she missed her husband Lenny since his death a few years ago, and would be happy to be at peace and reunited with him. Frances and Lenny were faithful Roman Catholic members of a city … [Continue reading...]