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
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?
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
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?
JMJ Rejoice! Move beyond passing moments fleeting fancies Experience Eternity The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand The Kingdom of Heaven is Now step out of time and into Love. Be still. … Continue reading Life is Beautiful!
JMJ Our Lord Jesus changed water into wine. Our modern age seems to be striving to change His wine into water. You will discover shortly this blog is to tackle a difficult subject that has plagued me for many years. I do not expect people to agree with my suggestions (I cannot call them conclusions … Continue reading Watering Down the Wine
JMJ Far be it for me to comment on this particular text when so many great scholars, past and present have undertaken this task. The homily given at our church today by our deacon, who is a most devout man, "frankensteined" many of these commentaries, along with his own pious commentary and ruminations and was … Continue reading I Do. The Wedding at Cana.
JMJ To simply say: Yes. Coming to God, seeking holiness is not an act of will beyond surrendering our own will pinned under our fallen nature to God. We cannot by our own strength lift the boulder that presses us into the mud. We can only cry out from the miry clay: Help! Rescue me, … Continue reading Let It Be
JMJ Who am I that I should be arrogant enough to claim myself worthy to be a slave to the Handmaiden? How dare I claim acceptance to Her court? Let it be that these lofty ambitions be a prayer. O Holy Spirit, I implore Thee, allow me, by the Grace of God, to serve Him … Continue reading Born Anew Through Mary; Born into the Family of Christ.
JMJ To have read the Gospel of Jesus and to ask: How can I live the life Jesus taught in the modern world? It is a question asked by cowards. It is a question asked by me. The first problem is the "I". Is not this the essence of the question? Here is another question: … Continue reading The Unbearable Violence of Me-ing