Nagging Guilt

Edgar Allen Poe writes the psychologically terrifying “Tell Tale Heart” and we watch as the guilt from a murder drives the murderer crazy thinking he hears the heartbeat of his victim. This guilt is destructive to the man in the story and we can readily understand the horror of such a story because we. too , have felt the guilt of past wrongs. In fact, there have been whole religious systems devised…

Keeping The Faith!

The headlines read like a series of horror stories to many. Mass shootings and infectious diseases break out and we wonder about our own health and safety. Conflict rages in the Middle East and radical Islamic groups are ethnically cleansing the Christians and other minority groups, even killing children because “they may grow up and seek revenge against us.” Religious citizens in America are confronted with the reality that they are becoming…

How Does God Provide For Us?

I’ve heard this all my life “God will provide.” I remember hearing it when me and my brother and my mom were near poverty when I was young, and He did. I remember hearing it when I watched my family go through a shattering crisis, and He did. I remember hearing it again when I was terrified at the consequences of leaving the religious world of my youth, of leaving the stable…

“I Love You 3000!”

“I love you 3000.” This iconic bit of Hollywood scripting is such a powerful illustration of our current understanding/misunderstanding about love. The sentimental side of me sheds tears as a child tries to tell her daddy how much she loves him, and in her little head the number 3000 expresses a huge amount. But then the grownup side of me knows that mere sentiment simply cannot capture the depth of true love…

Are You Really Awake?

Socrates sees the wisdom in living a wakeful life when he says “ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ – The unexamining life is not worth living for a human being.” Notice the continual action implied in the original. This wisdom, planted in we humans by our loving Creator, is simply obvious but continually difficult. Our experiences, relationships, choices, priorities, and beliefs are shaped by and are shaping others all the time. That’s…

How To Do Family And Society!

It’s no secret that family life is filled with challenges. To be honest, I don’t think we’ve seen the real fallout of all the societal experiments we Americans have engaged in since all these movements have been demanding this or that change in society. One of the interesting, if unintended consequences, of these movements is the growth of interest in young men and women in ancient religion. For instance, why are so…

Husbands, Love Your Wives!

To say that marriage is a hot topic today would be an understatement. But, you have to understand that the motivation for all this controversy about marriage today isn’t new. And it isn’t about equality or fairness or even compassion. It’s about attack. It’s about the real, yet unstated goal of some (after all, if they were honest about what they really wanted hardly anyone would support them) to actually make the…

Not Many Fathers

“Father is not a title!” By now my parishioners and catechumens are sick of hearing me say this. But I say it so much because there is a real healing truth in this reality. The Church isn’t some collection of “club members” or a “society for the preservation of baklava.” No, the Church is a Family. The Church is the New Society. The Church has fathers and mothers and sisters and brothers.…

Speak The Truth!

The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky rightly declared “Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.” And truth has always been the cry of despots, prophets, and politicians with varying degrees of honesty. The whole of the 20th century was dominated by the bastardization of Truth so that whole societies were corrupted by the lies of men seeking power and control rather than service for the…