Fighting the Spiritual Battle: Part 1A: Know Your Enemy-the “Evil One”

JMJ I think the most fundamental necessities of going in to a battle are as follows: define the enemy: to actually have an enemy is absolutely essentialdetermine your allies: know who is on your sideknow what victory looks like: have clear stated objectivesamass the weapons and tools: go into battle well armedunderstand the battlefield: where … Continue reading Fighting the Spiritual Battle: Part 1A: Know Your Enemy-the “Evil One”

We do not create the Kingdom of God, we become the Kingdom of God

JMJ What was Christ telling Us? For people to bring the teaching of Christ to bear in their lives and the world essential to the propagation of the Kingdom of God, a vigorous debate concerning the meaning of Christ's words concerning His Kingdom is necessary since cultural paradigms can skew original meanings. It is contrary … Continue reading We do not create the Kingdom of God, we become the Kingdom of God

Love Unmasked by Wearing a Mask

JMJ Today there is a segment of the population that is outraged by wearing a mask in public as though they have lost some fundamental human right. We are in the midst of a world-wide pandemic about which, despite the best efforts of many good minds, we know very little. So, we are asked to … Continue reading Love Unmasked by Wearing a Mask

Saint Oscar Romero on the Cancel Culture

JMJ Saint Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, canonized a Saint by Pope Francis 14 October 2018, served his people and God during a time of great political strife in El Salvador. He led a persecuted Church under an oppressive regime. The people of El Slavador were caught in a violent conflict between right- and … Continue reading Saint Oscar Romero on the Cancel Culture

Spiritual combat? Yes. But Where is the Battle?

JMJ There is much talk today of spiritual combat and things such as prayer warriors. I do not dispute the basic principle of this, but I must ask: Where is the battle? There is no real battle. Only the question: Which side are you on? A battle implies an unknown outcome. A battle suggests a struggle … Continue reading Spiritual combat? Yes. But Where is the Battle?

Those Things in Which We Delight

JMJ Aaah, Lent. Time to take stock. Time to stop, pause, and perhaps indulge ourselves in a bit of. . .honesty. I am not predisposed to the morbid or licentious descriptive writing so I will use gossip as my primary example on this brief discussion on vice and sin. It does not take much imagination … Continue reading Those Things in Which We Delight

Etiquette or Hypocrisy?

JMJ I have often been accused of being "formal" in my dealings with people who are close to me. This is most likely true and I offer no defense. Such formality seems to place those who are close to us at a distance and may even seem "cold" and "reserved." By this accusation, I am … Continue reading Etiquette or Hypocrisy?

It’s All Relative

JMJ Or is it? Today, many in the Church, who count themselves among the pious, speak of the evil of moral relativism. Okay. I agree, that without an objective moral truth, which suggests a supreme lawgiver, all morality is relative. Ethics and morality then become a personal set of values pursued under the false salvific … Continue reading It’s All Relative

Once Saved, Twice Saved and Saved Again and Again

JMJ Beware of those who say: All you need do is accept Jesus into your heart and you this once being saved, will always be saved. It simply isn't so. They will quote scripture out of context. What is the context? The context is the Good News of Our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ. They … Continue reading Once Saved, Twice Saved and Saved Again and Again

God Bless America?

Rather, God Have Mercy on U.S.! JMJ The culture of death. Many Americans, and rightfully so, point to abortion as the pinnacle of a culture of death, and they would be for the most part correct. We blame abortion for the beginning of woes that we are now facing and the even greater suffering yet … Continue reading God Bless America?