While the world longs for 2020 to be over, a new year has already begun. Nature has sunk into hibernation; the bare trees speak in silence and early evening shadows darken our days. "Nature and mystery join and invite us to recognize our hopeful longing and the return of the sun and the birth of … Continue reading Advent Begins with a Flame
"Most educated people are not religious," a friend remarked to me the other day when the subject of faith came up in conversation. What troubled me most about his comment was its case-closed lack of curiosity about the transcendent realm. Whatever his source for adopting such a stance, if this bright young man allows the … Continue reading Tracking the Transcendent: Four Physicists Open to Its Possibilities
The past few weeks have been gut-wrenching for serious Catholics who must face the reality that the gates of hell had forged deeper inroads into the heart of the Church than our worst fears would have imagined. We wonder how much outrage we can take. How many unsatisfying platitudes and knee-jerk one-liners we must endure in … Continue reading Scandal and Self-Definition: The Choice Between Fight or Flight
"At the very moment when we need faith the most, it can seem most elusive." The man who wrote these words is losing his eyesight, and I'd begun reading his book on suffering only a day or two before the news of a mass shooting at the Sunday morning service of the First Baptist Church … Continue reading In the Night: A Song for Your Playlist of Hope
"Space: the Final Frontier." It's impossible to hear these words without feeling summoned by the stirring music and masculine voice inviting us to follow the voyages of starship Enterprise. You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to have been influenced by the classic TV series and its optimistic wonder. I'd only seen Star … Continue reading The Truth Is in the Stars … or Is Faith the Final Frontier?