Category: learn-earn-return

  • Empires

    Throughout history, we have seen empires conquer smaller countries with a similar cultures. Which is usually the “excuse” the enormous dominant empire gives for the takeover. (and a handful with no similarity) And there is always resistance. Sometimes others come to the defense of the smaller country, and sometimes they don’t. People, like countries, seem…

  • So we think we are Catholic?

    This post is for “Catholics” all 23 rites. Those who think you are liberal, conservative, progressive, traditional, fallen away, or in-between. Have we tainted our faith with political ideology? Do we understand the universality of the word “catholic”? How often do we find near-heresies and a few real heresies on all social media posts? Do…

  • For Merton, what is the Kingdom of God?

    For Thomas Merton, the Fourth & Walnut experience was about “seeing” the ‘Kingdom of God.’ The realization that the ‘kingdom of God is all about “seeing.” The See-Judge-Act methodology allows us to see the goodness in humans naturally. Kingdom = Consciousness, the understanding of the greater good, think, eudaimonia. The Kingdom of God is not…

  • Rest In Peace Frederick Buechner — Pastor Michael Moore’s Blog

    A great book to read. This is a book of wisdom! This is a book Thomas Merton would have been encouraging others to read. Photo from Amazon.com Frederick Buechner (July 11, 1926 – August 15, 2022) was an early inspiration and mentor to me in the early 80’s and continued to touch my heart through…

  • We need to become civilized

    As Catholics, for that matter all Christians, we must realize abortion is not the cause but a symptom of much greater ills in our society and culture. If we want to reduce or even end abortion, we start with understanding the teachings of Jesus, the early followers in the first two centuries, (pre-empire church) we…

  • Green Junction: How exactly can carbon dioxide be removed from the air?By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    A recent statement by the United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, suggests that one of the many ways to address climate change is through the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “..removing legacy carbon pollution from the air through direct air capture and safely storing it is an essential weapon in our fight…

  • Two Quotes from Thomas Merton: Do we understand violence?

    These two quotes from Thomas Merton are key to understanding and discovering the root cause of violence in our society. Violence is a symptom. A symptom generated by the root cause. If we only treat the symptom it will never end, we must as a society treat the root cause. Treating the root cause of…

  • Secret Revelation of John

    There are hundreds of gospels and related texts about the movement of the early followers of Jesus in the first three centuries. We have given them many names, such as gnostic gospels and Apocrypha writings. Given our modern-day political environment, we find similar situations exist in churches & the political world of the early followers of Jesus…

  • Green Junction: Masks are becoming vogue again By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Health protection measures throughout the pandemic have involved an enormous amount of one-use plastics. These have included personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, gowns), take-home food packaging, test kits, syringes, wipes, and more, unfortunately intensifying the global plastic waste problem. Billions of disposable masks, mostly made of a plastic called polypropylene, have been used and thrown…

  • Do you think you understand Techies?

    Ever scratched your head wondering what drives people like Gates, Ellison, Jobs, Dell, Zuckerberg, Yang, Dorsey, or hundreds of others who gave “birth” to the autonomous world of technology and wonder where they “fit” in the social-political world we live in? If so, you need to understand the origins of ‘Silicon Valley’ and the people…