As Time Goes By

There has been a recent think-storm over a recent (supposed) statement that Pope Francis made to a man from Chile.  It was a statement that appears to condone homosexuality.  Well, quite a few opinions have begun circulating around; one of them from the journalist and past American presidential candidate, Patrick J. Buchanan, in an article on the WND website.  A few noted paragraphs are here:

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Man & God – Part Two

Sorry for the disappearing act from my blog.  There have been a couple of health issue skirmishes over the past year, and they have been quite the preoccupation.  I’m getting better, and so, I hope to reengage my readers with my continuing spiritual voyage.  I promise you all, this voyage is going to become one that should tingle and hopefully illuminate the core of your beliefs about your metaphysical composition, as well as your eschatological future.

There is some good news midst the trials I have faced recently.  My completed book, The Road to Spiritual Iron, has been published, both in Kindle and paperback formats.  I’m quite excited about the whole thing, and do hope you check it out.  The link is right here.  Give it a read, and tell me what you think.

So, let’s proceed from my earlier post. Continue reading Man & God – Part Two

Man & God – Part One

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I have written, on and off, on my blog, Travels of a New Christian, since 2012.  In fact, it has been over a year since my last blog.  Much has happened since then, not the least of which is that I have completed my first book, The Road to Spiritual Iron. 

Recent events and revelations have brought me back to my blog to start a series that I believe is long overdue.  It’s exploratory.  I am not asserting that what follows in this series is of a foundational nature in my theology, nor am I using this series to attack Christianity.  However, our Western culture had moved so voraciously, since the 1960’s, in a direction other than that of the Christian hopeful, that it appears to be a good time to examine some of foundational characteristics of what has been called Christianity since the Roman Empire established Nicene Christianity as its state religion in 380 A.D., with the Edict of Thessalonica. Continue reading Man & God – Part One

The Real Apple

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I found myself in some redundant dismay in finding that an influential, syndicated columnist, professor at Georgetown University, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, E. J. Dionne (I assume a Catholic?), has apparently little knowledge of what drives man to sin.  Oops! He’s in Wikipedia too, and the credentialed salutations of his experiences are lengthy.  All the better, as with this immense resume he is so much better the perfect illustration of the difficulty in recognizing and understanding moral blindness.  (I mean, if everyone of substance is blind to moral responsibility, how would you know it?) Continue reading The Real Apple

The Poor in Spirit

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Before I venture forth, the title above might be misleading to some Catholics who are well aware of Ignatian spirituality.  Its definition for spiritual poverty: that being the complete dependence upon God.  Ignatian spirituality wants the complete emptying of ourselves so that God might fill us.  The spiritual poverty I refer to is the lack of centricity with the holy Spirit, or God Himself.

I recently participated in a Life Teen proclamation in the Youth Ministry of my parish.  This proclamation, titled Beggar, had a goal, and I’ll let Life Teen’s own words state it:

“The goal of Beggar is to help teenagers understand that Jesus identifies with the poor, marginalized, and outcast because He was one of them.  The teens are also challenged to recognize Jesus in those on the periphery of their own lives.” Continue reading The Poor in Spirit