COME TO ITALY: A Church & Art History Tour!

From Pompeii to Florence, join me for trip of a lifetime as we explore the history of the church through the art, architecture and culture of Italy! Few experiences touch my soul like the joy of travel, the beauty of art and standing in the presence of history.  To see a Roman city (Pompeii) as Paul […]

Loving God 401, Part 5: A Silent Retreat with a Good Book – or – Top 10 Signs You Might Be a Benedictine (i.e., Apophatic-Speculatives)

In this episode, we turn to the next of our spiritual “personality types” (i.e., attraits) – the apophatic-speculatives. What defines an apophatic is a basic desire to escape distraction. They are the ones who love the very idea of a silent retreat or the spiritual practice of “simplicity.” They are not anti-creation. Nor are they anti-social or […]

Loving God 401, Part 4: Experiencing God in the World (i.e., Kataphatic-Affectives)

Just as some people need faith to make intellectual sense, so others need to feel it – to have the emotional experience of God’s presence, to know in the manner of the heart and not the head. These are the “affectives.” (And all of us are affective to a degree, some just more so than […]

Clean Slates, Fresh Starts and What Really Makes Things New

For me, another January 1st begs the question: Is “new” really possible?  New in the sense of a genuinely a clean slate, a fresh start, even new heart or a new creation? I want to say yes, but the combination of my awareness of a finite universe, my limited capacities  and many failed “resolutions” leave me wondering. […]