I would venture to say that both the strength and weakness of Aquinas can best be understood in light of how he believes knowledge is acquired about God and his creation, the body and soul, and the part that our grace plays through it all. For Aquinas, much like Aristotle, much knowledge is gained by… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Aquinas on Grace
“Right discernment of life begins with an obedience discernment of YHWH the Creator” (Walter Brueggemann, An Introduction to the Old Testament, p. 309). 1 This quote by Bruggeman truly calls attention to just how we understand knowledge, and become aware of God’s immanence and transcendence. For many years, I had difficulty with the wisdom tradition’s… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: A Walk in Wisdom
Wholeness /ˈhōlnəs/ noun 1.the state of forming a complete and harmonious whole; unity. 2.the state of being sound in mind and body. (Google;Miriam Webster) What is wholeness in our world today? Acclaimed by wellness centers and gurus alike, we might encounter this term in promises spoken and broken. Or, perhaps as a hopeful wish to one… Continue reading Examen-ing Wholeness..in a Broken World
“For me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self.” ― Thomas Merton New year's resolutions and Lenten commitments have one important common thread, they are only as effective as they are… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Thy True Self
Though perhaps just a date on the calendar, each new year nonetheless brings both an invitation to reflect on the days behind as well as to explore the promise of the days ahead. How is it that we examine the course of events, the successes and failures of the year behind? And for that matter,… Continue reading New Beginnings
This week I once again had the blessing of sitting round a table with religious leaders from within our community from all different walks of faith and backgrounds. The purpose of our meeting not for the proselytizing or the conversion of one another, but the sharing of grace, and desire to serve and work towards… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Gratitude’s Expression
"Is there a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirmations and rejections of my little world? Is there a still point where my life is anchored and from which I can reach out with hope and courage and confidence?’ While realizing my growing need to step back, I knew that I could never do it alone.”… Continue reading Restless?
"It is better to be a child of God than king of the whole world!" St. Aloysius Gonzaga With the approach of the Epiphany (Matthew 2:1-12), we behold quite a scene- one of perceived royalty and the other of unassuming divinity wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. And here, this quote by… Continue reading Worth Revisit: Still Seeking?