The skeptic doubts one set of propositions because he believes another. None of us live with absolute, unassailable certainly about anything; we all live by faith. What someone thinks or feels absolutely certain of is really relative certainty. It’s certainty based on faith that they are right. The fact that they are certain is proof […]
Faith defined simply
Faith isn’t something you either have or don’t have, but something that ebbs and flows in the life and soul of every individual. Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith. It’s an element of faith. Where there is absolute certainty, there can be no room for faith.
Where I am going, you cannot come. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
A Gospel Message Reflection
Today’s Gospel reading was John 21:1-14. Consider the impact of what was being asked of the disciple fishermen Jesus spoke to. Also consider that Jesus had established a message of Good News that the Kingdom of God was at hand… Right then… Right there… And he challenged his followers with a message of transformation from […]
A transformative experience
I’ve often read or listened to the passionate telling of a transformative spiritual experience. The “mountaintop” experience, near death experience, or battle with a potentially terminal illness that leaves one changed. Transformed. Forever different, with a new found certainty in their faith or particular belief system. If I’m to be honest I have to […]
Like every human being, I’ve tried to make sense of things. I’m not sure I succeeded. I’m not sure anyone can. Isaac Newton thought the universe functioned like clockwork, a well-oiled machine. That’s a comforting vision — neat, orderly, predictable. Unfortunately, it’s a vision that’s pretty much been shot to pieces by relativity, quantum mechanics, […]
He is richest who is content with least, for contentment is the wealth of nature.
I would love to be someone who has the capacity to practice wild and uninhibited faith. I envy those who declare that their faith is so strong that they “know” God will hear their prayers and intercede where requested. I don’t have that kind of faith. I do have faith though. I have a faith […]
A Plan for Pain?
I am taking this opportunity to ask for prayers before I jump into this topic. My wife has arthritis in her spine and has recently been suffering excruciating and unrelenting pain caused by inflammation of the arthritic areas. Those of you who know me well, know that I like to think of myself as a […]
Is this really His plan?
Another day, and another mass shooting (or more than one) hits the news. In the wake of these senseless acts many are drawn to ask some very straight forward questions… How can a loving God fail to intervene and stop the harm that humans cause in this world? If God has a plan for us, […]