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August 22, 2017

The Other Side


There is a bible story about Jesus walking on water.  His disciples are in a boat and it is a stormy sea. When they first see Jesus, they are frightened, thinking it is a ghost.  But Peter asks to walk on water to come to Jesus.  For a moment he walks on...

August 14, 2017

Walk On Water
HOMILY NOTES
FR. TERRY RYAN, CSP
MATTHEW 14: 22-33
August 13, 2017

            Jesus tells his disciples to go to the other side of the lake in their boat.  The other side symbolizes going from the flesh and blood, limited, human, earthly side of ourselv...

July 10, 2017

God Views

One view of God by believers is the God of transcendence. It is dualistic. In this view, God is invoked. That is the root meaning of the word, "Gott." Here prayer is asking God for things, and is usually quite egocentric. I don't mean selfish, but rather it is...

June 13, 2017

 Monastery Life


I arrived at the monastery on a sunny morning.  By the time I had unpacked the car, it was raining.  This is what you would call, "A bad day to hay."  You cannot harvest hay when it rains.  We get a lot of days like this.  Retreatants enjoy the sunshine...

May 31, 2017

 Kill For God


Religion starts out quite brilliantly, with great wisdom, generally.  Then stuff happens.  What stuff?  Believers tend to kill people who don't agree with them.  The killers have their narrow faith stance.  It seems that fear is what happens and with fear...

May 23, 2017

 God Belief
God is not an "object" of faith.  God is not a thing, and does not sit in a God house somewhere looking at all creation.  When Atheists say that they deny the existence of God, they generally mean that kind of God as a separate entity somewhere.  I don't ne...

May 15, 2017

 Toes
Once upon a time there was a handsome little prince named Terry.  He lived in a castle.  His life was not all peaches and cream though because he had a big sister who was a witch.  Now the witch could not walk because she did not have any toes.  So she would fly...

 The God Of Manyness
If your were to read the psalms, you would find that God has many different emotions and seeming personalities, depending on the particular psalm.  God might at one time appear merciful, loving, kind, and patient.  Other times God is warlike, venge...

April 18, 2017

 Attendance
I remember that on my report card I got a grade for "Attendance."  This graded how many times I was present or absent from school since the last report card.  Everyone walked to the neighborhood school.  Bad children would leave the apartment as if to go to...

April 4, 2017

 A Distance
People might ask me if I am a Christian, or a Believer, or go to church, but never am I asked if I am a disciple.  Why?  I suspect that it was different in the early days of Jesus' followers.  Peter, the first pope, was asked if he was a disciple, that is,...

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November 5, 2018