Today, as I write, is the Feast of St. Joh of the Cross. In his work, Ascent of Mt. Carmel, St John writes (to the effect), ask no more questions of God, but rather look to the person of Jesus – all the answers are there. To which I would add, and be humble about what you understand – “religion” and its adherents have been thinking about this for two millenia – and celebrating its revelation in ritual, traditions, Traditions, and all things peripheral to the core of Jesus – but (in my experience) all things that lead to the center.

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“I’m spiritual, not religious”

Spiritual no Religious 2I wish I had a back massage for every time I’ve heard this line. What gets me most is the presupposition it stems from, that “spiritual” is the assumed equivalent of “good” and “religious” is the assumed equivalent of “evil.” Who made up this language game?

Honestly, who decided that “spiritual” was a term that would be used to contradict religion and as evidence of personal enlightenment, without further ado. And does anyone using the phrase ever stop to think what they actually mean by it? I think what is usually meant is that religion is man-made tradition whereas spiritual is a phenomenon that happens on a personal level, free from all “man-madeness” and tradition, and thus… true?

My experience has been exactly opposite. I spent the first 20 years of my journey in Christianity believing that I was spiritual and not religious and have come…

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A Christmas Carol…

I have long been a fan of Jackson Browne. He was someone who seemed to have been a good fit for the 1970s – part troubadour, part social commentator. His work Lives in the Balance was a work that marked his movement from self-reflection to activism for the causes in which he believed.  But it was a song he wrote in 1991 for the Irish band The Chieftains  which is an unlikely Christmas Carol. Continue reading

Trust us, changes are coming…

There are several Catholic diocese that are challenging the Health and Human Services administrative ruling that places them between the moral rock and the hard place, so to speak. While there are many aspects to the larger issue of the HHS ruling concerning contraceptives, this case involves diocese that self-insure; as do many organizations that have a large number of employees.  The Archdiocese of NY (with several other diocese) and its insurance entity are suing in court over the matter.  Continue reading