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Simply Learning to Love: The True Meaning of Mystical Theology

January 23, AD2018 5 Comments
Simply Learning to Love: The True Meaning of Mystical Theology

Many years ago Bishop Casey of Brentwood, England,  asked me to set up a Residential Retreat and Conference Centre in Chingford, London. He wanted to use it as a place where priests, religious and laity could come to learn about the Biblical Theology that had made the Second Vatican Council possible. I made it my prime […]

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Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

January 11, AD2018 1 Comment
Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

This column is the last in a series of 3 columns on ethics and human happiness Knowledge of the Divine within the Created Order St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that knowledge of God for those without the Jewish faith, “is clear to their minds; God himself has made it clear […]

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Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

December 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

This column is the second in a three-part series concerning ethics and human happiness. Restless Hearts In the previous installation of this series, we examined the nature of ethical inquiry. After thinking through the subject, it was concluded that the goal of ethical inquiry is to attain goodness, i.e., the immutable characteristic of all upright […]

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The Love That Always Satisfies

November 29, AD2017 3 Comments
The Love That Always Satisfies

Ever since sin came into the world with the Fall of Adam and Eve, human beings have experienced an emptiness. Because of this emptiness, the human heart has been left with a void: we are left constantly searching for what we believe will satisfy our greatest longings. The lies of this world try to convince […]

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The Things That Last

November 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Things That Last

This column is the first in a three part series concerning ethics, human happiness, and their connection to “the things that last.” Searching for a Lasting Foundation Ethical inquiry can be summed up into two basic questions: “What is the right[i] thing to do and how do I accomplish it?” We can see from these […]

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Poor in Spirit but Rich in Life

August 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Poor in Spirit but Rich in Life

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) Poor in spirit. It is amazing how easy it is to gloss over Jesus’ epic red letter words in the Bible. We read his exhortations and commandments through our tainted human lenses and forget that He wants nothing more than […]

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If You Wanna Be Happy: A Route to True Happiness

August 1, AD2017 2 Comments
If You Wanna Be Happy: A Route to True Happiness

At the end of the presentation, the webinar moderator asked me if I had any questions or comments. I replied with something to the effect that: This sounds very similar to a process that monks and other religious have been doing for hundreds of years. It’s called the Liturgy of the Hours. They start the […]

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A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

April 17, AD2017 1 Comment
A Devotional: Celebrate the Joy

“Happy is he who does not have sadness in his mind, and who has not fallen away from his hope.” -Sirach 14:2 Finding Hope in Christ Lent is a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving toward others. It is a time of sacrifice and charity. It is a time of getting to know Jesus even […]

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Millennials?

January 30, AD2017 7 Comments
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Millennials?

The term “Millennials” refers to the generation born after 1980. They are coming of age and entering the job market in the early years of the new millennium. Currently, a great many people seem to be channeling The Sound of Music and singing, “How do you solve a problem like Millennials?” The Worrisome Trends Simon Sinek, a […]

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DESIRE

January 18, AD2017 1 Comment
DESIRE

This very word – DESIRE – stirs something within our hearts: For some it brings up passion and hope, for others it brings up pain and despair, and within others it stirs feelings of fear and concern. The very word desire comes from the Latin root words De Sire, which literally means “Of the Father”. If […]

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Happiness: A Capital Asset?

March 8, AD2015 2 Comments
Happiness:  A Capital Asset?

Ask an accountant what a capital asset is and you will be told that it is an asset owned to generate a profit, but is not easily sold for cash in the normal course of business operations.  In business school, we learn that these are assets such as land, machinery, and buildings—the assets not generally […]

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In Everything, Give Thanks

November 26, AD2014 0 Comments
In Everything, Give Thanks

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many of us are preparing our homes for guests, buying food to make a huge meal, and getting ready to celebrate. Maybe our Thanksgiving will be a low-key event with just our little family present; maybe we are traveling to someone else’s home to celebrate. Regardless of how we […]

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The Secrets of Happiness

February 1, AD2014 3 Comments
The Secrets of Happiness

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really \’lived\’? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly on the hunt to get more out of life. We have everything we could possibly […]

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On The Altar of Success

November 13, AD2013 9 Comments
On The Altar of Success

To all people raised to be a success in a Western  capitalist society: Have you  sacrificed all on the altar of success? Since preschool, society has pushed you to excel, to rise above your peers.  You were groomed for success, to get into the best universities and snatch the most prized careers. Well, it is nice to […]

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