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May 18, 2018

 Anniversary
I was about to post a blog for today, and somet
hing in me kept saying that May 14 was some special day.  Like what? Duh!  I suddenly realized that I was ordained a priest on this date 41 years ago.  I had such high hopes then, mixed with some fear and sens...

May 7, 2018

The Stranger


What is a Stranger?  One person describes a Stranger as a Friend I have not met yet.  I like that, since I tend to be wary of strangers, not that they might hurt me, but that they might interrupt my controlling tendencies of the world around me.  Friends,...

April 30, 2018

 A Friend
What is a friend?  I used to think it was someone who made me happy.  Duh.  That scores a 100% on the Selfish Meter.  Being happy with a friend requires a lot of me.  Like what?  Like giving them time to be listened to.  Time and listening is important.  List...

April 23, 2018

 The Less You Know

Sometimes, the less I know about a situation, the more likely I will choose it.  For instance, I chose to come to the monastery yesterday to have some monastery time, help out, be with the brothers, and so on.  A real spiritual high so I thought.  But...

April 9, 2018

 Losers
"AA is for losers," or so I have heard.  I tend to agree.  Everyone is AA has lost something, maybe everything but their life, which would have been next had they not gotten into recovery.  And all the members feel lost, in a daze.  No one hangs around in AA un...

April 2, 2018

 Happy Easter
If you are trying to make something of Easter, you might want to make some quiet time for yourself.  That is, make a choice for some silence.  It might make you more attentive to what is going on around you, much less within you.  Silence is the food of o...

March 27, 2018

 The Cross
Wearing a cross around your neck can seem somewhat weird.  And when it has a body on the cross it is really grotesque.  It is a sign of torture.  Catholics wear these things around their necks, like other people might wear jewelry.  The cross was the way Jes...

March 19, 2018

 St. Joseph


Today is the Feast of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Nothing of what he ever said is recorded.  But not so for me.  This past Saturday, I gave a great talk on the Celtic/Cosmic Christ, and I did record it. You can find it on Soundcloud.com which is a u-t...

March 16, 2018

 The Baptism Way
I read where in the early Christian church, people who wanted to be baptized had to go through this long process of initiation.  That was the basis for the long process we have today.  Then I read where this fellow Ambrose, in the 4th century, a declar...

March 8, 2018

Fleeting Concern
In centuries past, some ascetic monks and hermits counseled a "careless and fleeting concern for the world."  They said we were to fix our energy and attention on the next life, the everlasting one as they saw it.  Back then, there was little knowledge...

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