The only stories worth telling

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, in instructing catechumens, wrote: “The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.” No matter what form the dragon may take, it is of this mysterious passage past him, or into his jaws, that stories of any depth will always be concerned to tell, and this being the case, it requires considerable courage at any time, in any country, not to turn away from the storyteller. – Flannery O’ Conner. Mystery and Manners. 35.

A brief primer on Federalism

Federalism was an experiment which in some ways has failed. In some areas we have been blessed enough to have a system to adapt and grow into a more mature Country while in other areas we have failed to avoid the fears of the anti-federalists.

Evolutional thinking has seeped into all areas of study including Political Philosophy and History. This has given modern man the impression that all areas of life naturally evolve, that they become better and leave off unnecessary and useless aspects while improving.  In reality all things left behind are not better left off there.

The Supreme Court should not be considered the final voice for all time on the Constitutionality of laws and legislation because that power is shared equally by all three branches in different ways. The Supreme Court has become more powerful than originally intended, it is unchecked, it legislates from the bench; recasting the Constitution in terms beneficial to a large central power. I do not refer to  all Federal Judges at all times, but there is a prevalent awe in modern American culture for black robed men with seemingly vast amounts of good intention, impartiality and wisdom. Continue reading “A brief primer on Federalism”

The Holy Spirit and Superman

There she is, a mom of 3. One child is feverish, another is painting on the wall and there is still laundry and dinner to get to. How is one woman going to maintain composure and deal with all these problems simultaneously? Who has the strength and patience?

Meanwhile, a man sits at his desk at work. There is a lot to do before he can go home and time is running out. He knows his wife must be going through a lot at the moment, but there are reports to finish and he can’t remember if he sent the car payment and what about his good friend who is having marriage problems? There seems to be too much for one man to worry about; too much for one man to carry all by himself. Continue reading “The Holy Spirit and Superman”

How Evil Changes Everything

Why is an otherwise good world, so often full of joy, beauty and gladness, marred by events with no meaningful upside? Like the holocaust, rape, measles, still born birth, cancer, divorce, death?  Is God really all good or is He just inept? What is evil?

Evil does not exist out there in the world (like trees) as a created being or force. It exists at the tips of our fingers and in our words, as extensions of our hearts. Evil is not impersonal. Evil only exists in a community. Evil is depriving someone of something, like their will, their purse or their purity for the fulfillment of self-gratification. Evil is harming someone else for the fulfillment of self-gratification, like rape, murder or physical violence of any kind. Continue reading “How Evil Changes Everything”

Responses to Newtown

A few works that have helped me think through my grief over this horrible sin.

Pastor Doug Wilson: http://www.dougwils.com/Church-Year/and-slew-the-little-childer.html

Pastor Toby Sumptor:  http://www.tobyjsumpter.com/the-newtown-inside-all-of-us/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HavingTwoLegs+%28Having+Two+Legs%29&utm_content=FaceBook

Important Article by Mr. Fund: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/335739/facts-about-mass-shootings-john-fund#