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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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On the social and legal implications of "Obergefell v. Hodges"

On Friday, June 16, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, known popularly (or infamously) as "The same-sex marriage case." In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled in favor of James Obergefell, and against the State of Ohio (with Governor John Kasich identified as the original defendant in the case Obergefell v. Kasich, the Ohio Director of the Department of Health, Richard Hodges, became the defendant). The original suit concerned Mr. Obergefell's claim to

Emotional/spiritual reaction to Obergefell v. Hodges

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Permit me to offer a word of advice to people of faith. If you find yourself overwhelmed with anger or grief, take it to God in prayer. While you're praying to God for clarity, enlightenment, inner peace, etc., you should also pray for all of the principals involved in these new social and legal "innovations" that they will not be lost, but that God will protect them from the evil one. God loves all of us and wants us to be together with him in the end. It will help us to ally ourselves with that sentiment.

We owe more than respect to our troops!

I've seen a lot of postings about how we owe respect and gratitude to our troops and our law enforcement officers. It seems to me we owe them, and our progeny, a lot more than that.

On the insufficiency of "trickle down".

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I highly recommend this article on WDTPRS about Pope Francis' comments on the insufficiency of "trickle down" economics.

I'd also like to add my own two cents worth, particularly inspired from the March 5 reading from the Gospel of Luke: the parable of the rich man and Lazarus…

Scientism, Fideism and the Breakdown of Society

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Morals are inextricably connected to faith and world view. To think otherwise is to not understand what any of the three is actually about. To pretend otherwise is to be intolerant of other's views. One of the fundamental problems society has today is not that there are gays, lesbians, etc., or that there are socialists, communists or jingoists in our midst. The problem is that we seem unable to recognize the moral boundaries we all live by or the compromises that will enable us to live in peace.

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