September 13, 2015

September 13, 2015

I am told that some young people shy away from the Church and following Jesus for fear that life will lose its luster. I’m not sure where that notion comes from. But I do know that it does not derive from the New Testament, at least not from a true understanding of the New Testament. There is enough tragedy in its pages to make it the saddest book in all the world. Yet instead there is a prevailing mood of joy, confidence, and expectation. Jesus was certainly no frowning savior. His first followers were for the most part young people. […]
August 30, 2015

August 30, 2015

What exactly was or is demon possession? How did it happen? Was it voluntary or involuntary? Did it occur through guilt or ignorance or accident? Are there parallel instances today? All of these are questions the total answer to which I do not know. Yet despite the mysteries, there is one area in which the New Testament communicates clearly and effectively. It speaks to us about the tragedy of divided living. We all have “horns” and “halos”, strengths and weaknesses. We are both good and bad. All people of insight have felt this same conflict within themselves. St. Paul wrote, […]
August 23, 2015

August 23, 2015

For all of us life can be and should be, an exciting experience. It does not have to be dull, drab, or boring. When I say this I am of course, not speaking in absolutes. None of us would expect, or even want continuous excitement. Nevertheless, all of us, saint or sinner alike, do live for those times and places when life is exciting. And we more or less endure that which lies in between. In this we are all the same. The difference between us is found in the ways and means by which we seek our excitement. In […]
August 16, 2015

August 16, 2015

Have you seen the bumper sticker: “If it feels good, do it?” In many ways, that slogan characterizes the approach of human experience fostered by contemporary society. A stream of books, articles, commentary, advertisements, and dialogue points to feelings as the basic measure of happiness, as the truest aspect of one’s self. Although, feelings are important, they are continually represented as central to self-fulfillment and the development of one’s potential. A popular psychiatrist-author states the “modern” perspective in no uncertain terms: “Being in touch with your feelings is the only way you can ever become your highest self; the only […]
August 9, 2015

August 9, 2015

It seems to me that much of the things we care for most depends on stamina, the power to see it through. No one escapes situations where all of his or her chances for positive creative living depend not only upon what he or she can do, but upon what he or she can stand – whether they throw in the towel or see it through. Take for example Handel before he wrote The Messiah. One of his biographies said of him, “His health and his fortunes had reached the lowest ebb. His right side had become paralyzed, and his […]