Liturgy…Vatican II ….. Still Relevant?
Pope Francis said: “The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them.” As we look at what was at the heart of Vatican II regarding liturgy, let’s keep in mind what Pope Francis said: “The liturgy is life…
Vatican II. Are you there?
This blog and subsequent blogs for the next few weeks, that I will write, will center on the Documents of Vatican II. An event in the Catholic Church with attendance and participation by mainline protestant denominations back in the 1960s. John XXIII, a pope, chosen because many believed, at the time he would be a…
Organized Religion has a Privacy issue?
When organized religions go about their day to day routines, do they think of data and the relationship to privacy? How many religious organizations have a designated “CISO” let along a “Cognitive CISO?” Think about the future of cybersecurity, should organize religion be thinking about the emerging trends in technology and threat landscapes, and…
Are Prayers to Guardian Angels Apostolic? — Orthodox Christian Theology
While much of what separates Protestants from Orthodox (or any branch of Apostolic Christianity) is couched in soteriological differences, if we are honest the main points of differences pertain to orthopraxy. The Orthodox stand, they repeat prayers, they have icons, they sort of believe in Purgatory, they pray to saints/angels as well as God, and […]…
Book review: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth — Patrick T. Reardon
Ken Krimstein’s 2018 graphic biography of Jewish-German-French-American philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt is titled The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth. The cover with its three cartoon-character images of Arendt as a child, as a young woman and as an older woman signals that here is a book that doesn’t take… via…
Virtual Reading Club: Thomas Merton
The reading group is the beginning of our transformational journey. Engage in Thought provoking discussion on the life, times and writings of Thomas Merton and the inspiration it brings to our lives in our journey meeting the Living God. As Merton said, “JOIN IN THE GENERAL DANCE.” Our virtual discussion group is the “general dance.”…
God? Are you really there? Hello!
It’s a dark, dreary day, I look out the window and think, Is God really there? Often we find ourselves wondering how is it we are supposed to believe in a God that we just can’t possibly wrap our heads around? At what point in our life did we struggle with the concept that if…
Has your idea of God changed?
Deciding what is real and not is most definitely not a democratic process. So keep that thought when you are thinking about the reality of God. Determining if God is real or not is not a democratic process.
The God Question: Is Perceiving believing?
So too with God. Where did you get all those “experiences” about God? What judgments have you made about God based on the experiences? The distortions? The perceptions? Who told you God exists? Why did you believe? Or not believe? How much of what you know is trust based?
The God Question? Have we really answered it?
The musing this week is going to be a multi-part musing that may take several weeks to “muddle” through, but trust me; it will be, well worth your time. Now keep this in mind. Even if you disagree with what I write, the mere fact you have read it, ponder it and drew some conclusions…