Binding the Strong Man

It never ceases to amaze me when I succumb to fears that flow from a forgetful faith. It seems a week doesn’t pass (or sometimes even a day) when I am either mindlessly faithless or I have reduced my faith to mere “decoration.” But that is easy to do in a world where serious devotion is seen as “silly” or “unsophisticated.” In our day and age where we really do trust lesser…

Keep It!

Listen to this quote from St. Symeon the New Theologian: “In the future life the Christian is not examined if he has renounced the whole world for Christ’s love, or if he has distributed his riches to the poor or if he fasted or kept vigil or prayed, or if he wept and lamented for his sins, or if he has done any other good in this life, but he is examined…

Ask, Seek, Knock

We moderns love systems. What I mean is we read all the time about “10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism,” “4 Steps to a New You!,” “8 Days to a Clean House!,” and so on. We simply can’t resist clicking on those links to read those stories. We seem desperate to find the right “system” to address our worries, concerns, and hopes. And yet, all too often, these articles are filled with…

Connected With Consequences

What is it about close relationships that either blind you or enlighten you? What I mean is, I’ve known folks who were so close to someone else that they were absolutely blind to that other person’s faults. I’ve seen it get so bad that the two people were so enmeshed with each other that they really were their own worst enemies when it came to other friends and relatives. There’s nothing like…

Easily Offended!

“I’m offended!” It seems that is a common complaint in our day. When did we become such a generation of “fragile little snowflakes” that the slightest challenge sends us into fits of offense and demands for regress? So, what do you think is behind this age of easy offense? I certainly have my own thoughts, but the most important reason seems to be we have forgotten our true purpose as adults. You…

The Enemy of My Enemy

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The quote has been described as an Arabic proverb, but more likely it comes from advice given in India by a leader who died under mysterious circumstances. This attitude that my enemy’s enemy is my ally has been used countless times in politics and warfare to justify the “strange bedfellows” that certain alliances have created in the pursuit of political and military goals. But is…

Talk About Missing the Point!

A quote attributed to Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, sums up our challenges with missing the point: “I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” The truth is, with all the ways we can misunderstand, miss the point, and just not get what others are trying to say, is so…

I’m Ashamed of You!

Science struggles with paradox. In fact, our whole Western philosophy since the Enlightenment (so-called) has fought against the very idea of paradox. We want things in our world neat and in order. We want to be able to predict how our world will behave, and we want, above all, to feel safe! And yet… Take light for instance. Science has discovered through quantum physics that light is both a particle AND a…

Hey, Aren’t You….?

All I can say was it was embarrassing! I could have sworn the person I ran up to in the store was a buddy of mine from High School. I just knew this was going to be a fun reunion, and we’d laugh about that time we all… and we’d talk about the old days and comment on how hard that Algebra class was and how the teacher was so difficult, and…

That I May KNOW Him!

“And Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived.” Isn’t it interesting that the Holy Scriptures describes the most intimate connection between husband and wife as “know.” There is something significant in human relationships that transcend a mere “knowing about” and goes to the very mystery of what it means to be a person in communion. But, again, this makes perfect sense when we consider that God knows Himself as Persons in…