Mark twain once said the the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Fr. Terry talks about his experience of gloves in the summer in San Francisco. Gloves It is August. Summer. I am wearing gloves. I am in San Francisco. I see people in shorts, tee shirts, no coats, but I am wearing gloves, ski cap and warm jacket. I am comfortable. This is a challenge, to remain in the present moment. My mind wants to drift. What do people think of me when they see me walking down the street? Is there something wrong with me? Why am I not like others in this town? And so on. The present moment without the inner dialogue, can just be me, comfortable me, looking at the scenery

Recreation or Re-creation

This is my first posting in the Musings blog so I thought I'd take on a semi-serious topic. I have just returned from my vacation. I took two weeks and did a "Stay-cation". In other words, while I was on vacation, I actually stayed at home for two weeks.Now that's not to say that I just stayed home and did nothing. I went to a Giants game (they lost!). I went to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose and the Exploritorium here in the city. I also took several walks around the town and went to dinner with friends. All in all, a nice vacation. I brings this us not to dazzle you with my exploits on vacation but to call your attention to re-creation. We often think of vacation as recreat


Einstein Albert Einstein said, "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." Some people think that they have nothing to do with one another. Science cannot know everything completely. That is why it is science. It inquires. It asks questions. Beyond experiments, scientists need to be able to wonder, to muse, to live with the unknown. A religious sense is what a scientist needs. Maybe see it as spiritual, but religion embodies the spiritual, in spite of institutional flaws. The world of religion mused, wondered, asked questions of "why." Many of our best scientists have religious backgrounds, a spiritual searching background. Religion on the other hand ne