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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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Re: About that 'Gay Seminarian' Instruction

Fr. Martin Fox, at Bonfire of the Vanities, posted an endorsement of a reflection by Amy Welborn on the forthcoming (i.e., not yet official) Vatican document on gays in the the seminaries. Her post, Document, Redux, focuses on the relative importance of dissent, vs. homosexuality per se, as something the Vatican should care about.

Revenge of the Glib...

In Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith, a tense confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi and his erstwhile student, Anakin Skywalker, who has recently "gone over" to the Dark Side, includes a glib, but memorable exchange. Anakin: If you're not with me, then you're my enemy. Obi-Wan: Only a sith would speak in absolute terms. I find this exchange memorable for the following reasons:
  1. Anakin's comment is nearly identical to Jesus' comment, "He who is not with us is against us."

Do you care enough to love where others will not?

How do we compensate for the irresponsible? The law says let them have their way to avoid public inconvenience. The saints have a different way. According to a reflection on the life of Mother Teresa at CatholicCulture.org, entitled "Adoption Is 'A Concrete Way of Love'" the answer is to become super responsible: pick up the precious burdens that others drop and care for them.

Marshall McLuhan and Tribalism

Marshall McLuhan wrote prophetically about the increasing tribalism of the global village as electronic media reduced or even erased the distances of time and space between individuals and social groupings. These distances are inevitably replaced by hardening cultural and mythical boundaries that leaders must sometimes try to cross to ensure long term survival or to connect people with God's salvific grace.

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