Tuesday, July 7
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Kids, Communion, and Consistency

Kids, Communion, and Consistency

"Life" Issues, birth, Change, Christianity, communion, conservatism, critical judgment, Discernment, Ethics, faith, faithfulness, God, Human Condition, Ideology, injustice, law, monotheism, Sexuality, Skeptic, Theology, Thinking, Uncategorized
Pope Francis has issued important pronouncements on (1) the morality of voluntarily choosing to remain childless – many prefer the term “child-free,” but I won’t quibble – and more recently (2) on admitting divorced-and-remarried couples to receive Communion. (This is the original PDF for the latter.) If you are confused by the combination of these two statements, I would counsel you to take heart: your brain probably works just fine; you are most likely just well-informed. In fact, and not to put too fine a point on it, if you really can reconcile (1) and (2) without ruffling a single intellectual feather, you can be certain that something is wrong with your understanding of at least one. (To paraphrase Niels Bohr about quantum theory, if it doesn’t seem strange to you, then you don’t...
Welcoming the Stranger – Prayerful Tuesday

Welcoming the Stranger – Prayerful Tuesday

awareness, Blessings, courage, discarded, Equality, Face of God, faith, faithfulness, Food, generosity, Gospel of Matthew, Gratitude, heart, homeless, Hope, Hospitality, hunger, injustice, Intention, justice, kindness, Love, prayer, Prayer Practice, Scripture, Seeing the Holy Spirit, spiritual practice, Theology, Welcoming the other
“for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. – Matthew 25:35 I apologize for being late today, but, just returned from the Westar Institute Spring Meeting held in Santa Rosa CA.  I returned a day late because I adopted the cute little fellow above. I ended up staying an extra day to bond with my new little friend before we made the long drive home. You may be wondering how adopting a dog from shelter is related to a theological meeting but it does fit in quite well actually. A major theme of the meeting was hospitality, the welcoming of the other into our midst.  That other may be someone from a different culture, race, faith tradition, age, or gender.  It also means welcoming the non-human ...
I was blind but now I see – Prayerful Tuesday

I was blind but now I see – Prayerful Tuesday

anger, Compassion, courage, Fear, Gospel of John, Gospel of Mark, Grace, Gratitude, hate, Healing, injustice, justice, Love, mercy, prayer, Quran, sight, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Uncategorized
23He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” 24And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. – Mark 8:23-25 In January I had Cataract surgery and I must admit I never knew how much I was missing or how dark my world had become.  One of the first things I noticed was that our light bulbs were a lot brighter and we didn’t need to change them after all.  I also noticed evergreen trees, grass and the leaf buds on our Lilacs were so much greener than they were.  The colors of the crocus and daffo...