“At Peace with God” – Universalism Victorious?

“At Peace with God” – Universalism Victorious?

  Sometimes the things one hears cuts deep into the soul. And one is left without being able to respond. The contemporary cultural phrase that ends all discussion is, “Well, that’s your opinion….” It takes the floor away from any search for the truth – or even an attempt to present it. It seems to be a cultural form of self-defence – like an intellectual Jiu Jitzu move? It seems to give one “peace with God”. That, one thinks, would…

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The Judge Alone Can Be Merciful

The Judge Alone Can Be Merciful

Funny how sometimes the penny just drops and you get it. Popular rhetoric calls it the ‘Ah-ha moment’. I once heard it attributed to Bernard Lonergan – the Canadian Jesuit philosopher-theologian. Whatever it’s provence the term seems to catch what is meant by ‘the penny dropping’ or ‘enlightenment’. Suddenly one sees the reason for something. Basically, we all go from ignorance to understanding. There’s no shame in it; the shame would be in satisfaction with ignorance. It may takes years…

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The Forgotten Men

The Forgotten Men

He’s a dear friend, and speaks very much like many other men who have their story to tell. His dad was hard working, but never really there. Work became a sign of what real men where about – work and straight talking. Calling a spade for what it is; and not taking any nonsense from anyone. He’ll admit to his mistakes – but not in a public way that looks for a sympathy vote. His is the stoical Scots-Irish way….

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The Vessel with the Pill – Who do You Trust?

The Vessel with the Pill – Who do You Trust?

  Having completed another session in recitation of poetry with the little ones – they remember everything from ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tenyson, to ‘Jabberwockey’ by Lewis Carroll, and so much more – it is time to try something else. “What next?” “The Vessel with the Pessel!”, comes the cry from the balcony! “Yes! The Vessel with the Pessel!” It’s not actually a piece of poetry but the genius behind the composition, and more so…

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Fit-A-Gain!

Fit-A-Gain!

  Isn’t it great to feel alive – I mean, really feel it? A few years ago a friend was in a serious car accident. It was a miracle that he survived. That’s when it’s great to have friends – they prayed like Carmelites and he pulled through!!! When he walked out of the hospital six months later the head doctor smiled and said; “Yes, Mr. Smith, I think only God in Heaven knows how you survived.” But that wasn’t…

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I’m Not “catholic”

I’m Not “catholic”

Have you ever met someone who loves Our Lady, loves going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, tries to get to Confession twice a month, and the Holy Mass daily, reads the Sacred Scripture often, and can quote popes, saints, and Church history as if he were talking to his mother? Not to mention being fluent in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew – not to mention a host of languges picked up from his ‘travels.’ Seems like a pretty good Catholic…

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When Does the BBC Push Children to Kill?

When Does the BBC Push Children to Kill?

I’m no fan of the BBC. I don’t think I ever have been. Maybe it’s because I’m a stingy Scot who doesn’t like to give money to groups that I have no interest in. Thankfully, because I don’t have a T.V. I don’t have to contribute to the propaganda machine known as the British Broadcasting Company. Where does the animus come from? Well, early life experiences can form bad habits that go very deep. Glasgow was a strange city to…

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In the Face of Dubia – Charity, Charity, Charity!

In the Face of Dubia – Charity, Charity, Charity!

Did you ever think that you’d find yourself in a position similar to some of the great Saints? Maybe you never thought that you’d be living through a tragedy in the life of the Church as great as that faced by St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Bridget of Sweden. Yet, as these words are being written – words that probably will not make much of a difference and disappear off into cyber space – the Church is faced with…

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Man: The Judging Thing!

Man: The Judging Thing!

Sanity is seeing things for what they are! Here’s something worth pondering. Read it for your children and their children’s sake. Read it to your children! For the sake of those you love (and even for your enemies) – get in touch with reality again: ‘This introduction [to St. Thomas Aquinas’s commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysiscs] concludes with a defense, against the Sophists, of the objective validity of reason itself, and of reason’s first principle, the principle of contradiction. He who…

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‘In the End….’

‘In the End….’

  No doubt many words shall be written about 2017 being the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. Does it make any difference that it is 100 years? I don’t know. What I wonder about is how the triumph of the Immacuate Heart will manifest itself. That it will come I don’t doubt – but how? What form will this triumph take? And when Our Lady says, “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph”, what…

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