Friday, August 26, 2016

Cardinal Arinze’s Answer to “Personally Opposed” Pro-Choice Politicians

Cardinal Arinze’s Epic Answer to “Personally Opposed” Pro-Choice Politicians

He's saying what I've been saying, just using different examples.

Pax et bonum


I'm 61. An age at which one is supposed to be looking only toward retirement - and certainly not to be in the running for jobs.

Yet in the last two weeks I've had two job offers.

Both were great jobs at wonderful schools. But both jobs came with problems that led me to turn them down. The principals at both are keeping my resumes should something different open or situations change. One just told me a few minutes ago if my circumstances change they really want me.

Sigh. I'm disappointed, but reality and family needs take precedence over dreams and desires. And I do have a job now that pays the bills.

Still, it's quite an honor at my age to be wanted!

Pax et bonum

Friday, August 19, 2016

Spiritual, not religious, is like baseball without rules

Imagine playing a game of baseball.

Without set base paths.

Without fences.

Without a set number of outs per side per inning.

Without a strike zone.

Without limits on the number of players on the field.

Without rules against doctoring the ball.

Without rules about the size and makeup of the bat.

Without rules, period.

Except, of course, rules that are made up by the players as they go along - and change based on the latest fad or whim.

Such a game might be fun for a while for little kids just interested in running around or hitting balls, but anyone who's serious about baseball, or even in playing a real game, would reject such a situation as nonsense.

That's what saying "I'm spiritual, not religious" is like.

If you are just starting out, a child when it comes to spirituality, then it might be okay to say that. But an adult using it as a way to reject organized religion is nonsense.

All too often, what it's really about is that it's a trendy way to discard inconvenient practices - like going to church - or rules - often but not exclusively linked to sex in some way. It tends to be part of self-indulgent pop theology. It's part of the kind of pop theology one might hear among college students, media and self-centered types, and suburban readers of spiritual pablum like Eat, Pray, Love.

Without rules, without paths, without boundaries how do we judge what is fair and good and right? Without religion, spirituality becomes a self-absorbed exercise, and as we all know, exercise without routine and commitment becomes boring and burdensome, and is soon abandoned.

Again, there may be some individuals who are sincerely beginning their spiritual quest and might say they are spiritual, not religious, but I can't say I have actually heard such a person people say this. Usually, they have sincere questions, or humbly voice concerns and doubts and pain.

They want to learn and understand the rules so they can be real participants, and not just folks who are running around aimlessly.

In the end, spirituality based in religion is the best way to get home - or even to know where home is.

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Hillary Clerihew!

In her youth Hillary Clinton
helped investigate Richard Nixon.
As her missing e-mails seem to tell
she didn't learn from his fall that well.

Pax et bonum

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The stars prove God (cinquain)

The stars
in their beauty
provide proof God exists.
Skeptic crumples an argument
that failed.

Pax et bonum

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The myth of no alternatives to Planned Parenthood

Some folks on the prochoice side have been touting Planned Parenthood clinics as health care providers arguing that Planned Parenthood is the only health care options for many women.

That claim is not quite true.


Pax et bonum