Exploring Reality as Beauty: The Importance of Reading Fiction

‘Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.’ Nora Ephron  To many of us today, reading is a luxury, and reading fictionContinue reading “Exploring Reality as Beauty: The Importance of Reading Fiction”

Quarantine Quandaries: What to do with what is?

Here we are. Many of us have been affected by COVID19 and the policies in response to it—either by physical quarantine, economic stress, lack of school for children, various plans being tossed in the trash, or just not having anything to do. Many are concerned, worried, frustrated, or bored. I shall not address the policiesContinue reading “Quarantine Quandaries: What to do with what is?”

A Reflexion on Psalm 12: Persevering in Adversity and Trusting God’s Promises

Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The psalmist begins by lamenting how few are the faithful, focussing on the emptiness of their conversation. He emphasises theContinue reading “A Reflexion on Psalm 12: Persevering in Adversity and Trusting God’s Promises”

A Reflexion on Psalm 5: Learning Patient Trust & Joyful Hope

The first verse expresses the helplessness of the one praying: Begging the Lord to even listen to his requests, to, as translated in the NABRE, ‘understand [his] sighing.’ His needs and desires are beyond words, and struggling to even put words to his needs, he relies the on the Lord to know his needs beforeContinue reading “A Reflexion on Psalm 5: Learning Patient Trust & Joyful Hope”

Truth Answers Shame: A Brief Analysis of the Novel ‘A Personal Matter’

‘Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source—true humility is the only anecdote to shame.’ This quote comes from the Iroh in the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I think it aptly describes the central theme of shame in Kenzaburo Oe’s novel, A Personal Matter. More accurately, the novel presents theContinue reading “Truth Answers Shame: A Brief Analysis of the Novel ‘A Personal Matter’”

Dog Sledding and the Soul: Faith, Hope, and Love in the Spiritual Journey

I want to write a little on how the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love elevate the soul’s human nature as she journeys homeward toward Heaven. To do this, I shall use the example of dog sledding. 

To the Depressed

Dear soul,  Six years ago today marks the anniversary of the first, and the last, time I self-harmed. Five years ago today marks the time I came closest to killing myself. I’m writing this because I no longer hate myself, I no longer consider life as not worth living, and I want to share someContinue reading “To the Depressed”

True Rest and the Destiny of Man

Foreword  Here follows a revision of a talk I gave on the Sabbath rest and the proper understanding of leisure. Holy Leisure and the Sabbath  The Sabbath and holy leisure is one of my favourite topics, because it’s one of the most apparent ways God has helped me in my life. The Sabbath is aContinue reading “True Rest and the Destiny of Man”

And You Will Be Hated

Foreword  Here follows an academic paper I wrote in answer to the question of why Catholic Polish priests were singled out for persecution in the Holocaust. The vast majority of my research comes from The Priest Barracks, and this is almost a summary of the book, especially since for this blog post I veered somewhatContinue reading “And You Will Be Hated”

The Anchor of the Soul: Hope and Abiding in God

In St. John’s gospel, Jesus repeats and emphasises that He must abide in us, and we in Him. In John 15, He leads us deep into this mystery of abiding in Him as branches on a vine, so that we may bring forth fruit—that is, love—and that we may be filled with joy. I encourageContinue reading “The Anchor of the Soul: Hope and Abiding in God”