Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Case for God (Part 4 of 4)

The excessive attention given to organized and professional sports compromises our obligation to keep holy the Sabbath, yet the desecration is hardly noticed. We should also reflect upon how we have allowed the fundamentals of the economy to dominate our hopes –and our fears. Employment and unemployment, gaining or losing income, are certainly important human interests. But they have become of such an overriding concern that they are closing our hearts to all dependence upon Divine Providence. With politics too, the inordinate prevails. The all-consuming nature of the presidential primaries reminds us of our propensity to attribute to our particular hopes a significance that is out of proportion to our maximum objective. Continue reading

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A Case for God (Part 3 of 4)

A Case for God Cornelius F. Murphy, Jr. Part 3 of 4 When nurtured by the liturgy of the Church, our private and public prayer can assist us even when the purely human capacity for hope has been impaired. Purifying … Continue reading

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A Case for God (Part 2 of 4)

The Protestant theologians of eighteenth century New England had millennial expectations for the nation and the world. They thought that by the beginning of the year 2000 America would experience a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and that this great effusion of Divine Grace would bring unity and peace, as well as temporal prosperity, to all. Both at home, and abroad the world would become one ‘amicable’ community. But instead of accepting the Kingdom of God we have made for ourselves a Kingdom of Man. Continue reading

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A Case for God (Part 1 of 4)

A CASE FOR GOD In his autobiographical reflection  New York Jew Alfred Kazin recounts a  moment  in his life  of great spiritual significance. While attending a party on the upper floor of a Manhattan apartment  he happened to look  across … Continue reading

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First Impressions

When I recognize the subjectivity of initial impressions and let events and people unfold, I come to a deeper understanding of the filters through which I view the world. Even my accurate initial impressions are somewhat superficial, based perhaps on my or their conditioned or false self. Sometimes we catch ourselves or others acting contrary to intentions, influenced by hurt or fear. A person is more than an impression. We need to give each other a chance. Continue reading

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Child Without Dad; Dad Without Child: The Making of a Killer

The strength of

masculinity-after-divorce is a facade. After divorce men are ten times

as likely as women to commit suicide. Men’s weakness is their facade

of strength; women’s strength is their facade of weakness. Continue reading

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Entitlement or Equality: The Gender Issue Neither Party Will Tackle (Part 2 of 2)

Ultimately both individuals and the community are best served by true equality. In an ideal world, opportunities and rewards should go to the most deserving persons. Given our imperfect reality, it is difficult to understand why further government initiatives are necessary when current injustices against men will continue to elude redress. Continue reading

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