Migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 is complete!

Submitted by root on Thu, 04/09/2020 - 16:18

Blog entries from the Drupal 7 site have been ported over. The opening page design of version 8 is much less cluttered than the version 7 design. The new design is particularly helpful to people accessing the site from their cellphone or other small device. My thanks and congratulations to the version 8 development team!

All primary information content is now accessible to visitors and users, alike. In particular. Alas, not all content was carried over from version 7...

Why did Jesus Christ have to die on the cross?

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 16:58

When people are posed the question, "Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?" a typical answer is something like, "So that we might be saved." This answer is the answer of vicarious suffering. The logic is that, somehow, we all deserved to suffer at the hands of God, but Jesus accepted that suffering in our stead. In other words, Jesus was punished in our place. If that's the case, however, then why wouldn't God do the punishing? Why would he leave it to sadistic Roman soldiers?

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 12/26/2019 - 04:09

These are the natural human rights that Thomas Jefferson thought most worthy of mention in the the document that justified our rebellion against the tyranny of the British government of King George III in 1776. They were well understood and well appreciated by the people of the 13 colonies that formed the core of the United States of America. How is it that they are so poorly understood and appreciated today? There are many reasons, too many to catalog in a single post.

From tinkering to “nevers” to chaos...

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/16/2019 - 07:05

The title of this reflection is, in part, inspired by what Wikipedia refers to as "a feat of smooth and ruthless efficiency", the historic "double play" action of infield basemen of the 1906-1910 Chicago Cubs that also inspired a short poem, entitled "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance", by Franklin P. Adams. (See Baseball's Sad Lexicon.)

This web log is a place to conduct a conversation on the elusive nature or features of listening to and following God’s will. That is, it is concerned with the “how and why” of seeing with Eyes of Faith. Besides the “how and why” it is also about the “what.” What does one see in the world through Eyes of Faith? This component of the weblog is, alas, likely to be the preponderant content for some time. There are fundamental axioms that I propose here for what it means to “see with eyes of faith.” Seeing with eyes of faith is ultimately about viewing the world as a creature of a personal God.



A reflection...

"What did you go out to the desert to see--a reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine garments? Those who dress luxuriously and live sumptuously are found in royal palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom scripture says: 'Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.' I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

Jesus, commenting on John the Baptist — Luke 7:24b-28, NAB

Desert scene, originally uploaded by Bitterroot

For more, see selected scripture passages....

Final musing...

If I ever do wind up in hell, I suspect my punishment will be to teach math to politicians and journalists. Then again, it might be, instead, locating and fixing all of the grammatical and spelling errors in everything I've ever written. (Myth of Sisyphus, anyone?)
Fr. Larry