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Reflections

Consisting of relflections in a variety of categories, including:
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<li>scripture (homiletic reflections)
<li>philosophy (metaphysics or epistemology)
<li>morality
<li>psychology
<li>spiritual development
<li>science or mathematics
<li>technology
<li>medicine
<li>Church documents
<li>catechesis
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Richard John Neuhaus on the Vatican instruction

RJN's commentary addresses some typical criticisms, and does so quite (IMHO) tellingly. It's worth a read. Check it out here.

Baptism in the Spirit [Mark 1:108]

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Mark's Gospel has a remarkably simple introduction.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Imagine introducing a guest speaker at a dinner party with words like that! He goes on to quote Isaiah, chapter 40, in connection with the mission of John the Baptist.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

A new heavens and a new earth [2 Peter 3:8-14]

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The 2nd Letter of Peter speaks to us of the patience of the Lord, a patience that is natural to the one who views all things from an eternal perspective.
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness [Is 40:1-5, 9-11]

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Isaiah, Chapter 40, speaks of a new dispensation from the Lord. Because of the sinfulness of their fathers, the Lord abandoned the people to their own devices. As a result, they have lost their homeland and they have been exiled to Babylon. Now, after a generation of suffering, the Lord comes to offer relief.
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.

Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia

A very brief article in SciAm, "Creativity Linked to Sexual Success and Schizophrenia" connects the dots in an interesting way. I always sensed that women found erratic artists (as opposed to the erotic kind) exciting and irresistible. The problem for someone like Van Gogh wasn't that he couldn't interest women in linking up with him, the problem was that they couldn't stand to stay with him.

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