Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scientific Choices Regarding Love

This is rather interesting: Pope Francis giving a TED Talk.

What he speaks about is directly connected to an issue I have been reflecting upon more and more: materialism. What is commonly referred to as “materialism” is one possible aspect of materialism, but not a necessary aspect and one can reject materialistic belief while at the same being obsessed with the accusation of material objects. Materialism is the belief that nothing exists except matter, which was condemned has a heretical belief by the First Vatican Council of the Catholic Church at the end of the 19th century.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Be My Valentine

What does it really mean to be someone’s Valentine?

There are some who mock the association of the Feast of St. Valentine with lovers, but they have missed the point of true love. If you truly love, you are being someone’s Valentine.

Monday, January 2, 2017

An Orthodox Monk

I wrote a blog post on Friday, 30 December 2016. I was just about to post it when I took a phone call from the rector of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. He had some bad news to tell me. Someone I knew had passed away. The prayer service was that evening and the funeral the next morning at the Cathedral. I put what I was doing on hold, made a phone call, took care of a few things, such as make supper for my wife, and got ready to go to the funeral home.

I’ve been to many prayer services and funerals, even for priests. A few were rather extraordinary, but this was unlike any I had been to before.