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Life Is Not Fair!

People often say with some level of dejection that life is not fair. But who promised that it would be? Who promised a paradise free from pain? Who promised that there would be justice? If we were to compact the totality of what’s real to the world readily available, then life is definitely not fair. Everyone aches. Evil men appear to prosper. Good people die young. Many people suffer without any apparent reason. Some are tormented their entire lives by pain sufficient for two or three lives. Children are butchered before taking one legitimate breath of the fresh air of this wickedly beautiful world. People are tortured, burned alive for merely holding certain harmless views. We all die, often rebel against death with utmost defiance until that final breath. Misery is the fairest thing about this world. And if the story were to end here, it would be a misery beyond all hope, beyond all purpose and meaning.

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This Prison of Naturalism

This is the age of reason, but it is also the age of prisons the self-proclaimed “reasonable” man has built for himself. This is the age of scientific enlightenment, but it is also the twilight of common sense. The modern man has for himself erected prisons for the illusions he’s intent on dancing to inside its walls.

The modern naturalistic scientist boasts of his objective, “reasonable” research, then turns around quickly and without any due consideration, to quiet, censor and discredit any opposing ideas. He boasts of his tolerance and inclusiveness, then turns around to oppress and ridicule those who hold to alternative theories. He has learned to wield his rhetoric and conceal his motives by proclaiming the death of religion, while ironically abusing his power and privilege to lord his intellect and “reason” over the “common man.” Thus, he has learned to practice the negligence to avoid the God whom he would claim to be negligent, and deified himself into hypocrisy to judge a God whom he thinks is too “bigoted” and judgemental. And at once the irony appears to be bleeding from the Bibles that have been beaten by practical layman eisegesis. (more…)

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9/11: Where is God During a Catastrophe?

Where is God? “You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11, 2001. Neither will I. I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say “Goodbye.” I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, “Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK … I am ready to go.” I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night. I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. “I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!” I said. “Of course I will show you the way home – only believe in Me now.” I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered. I was with the Firefighters, the Police Officers, the Emergency Workers. (more…)

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The Life of the Soul

People all over the world appear to have a need, a need that appears to transcend their understanding in human terms. This need is buried in the most intimate and fundamental part of our being. It is a need for something outside, something greater, a higher power, a God. Of course, we can all choose to quiet that part of our nature and rebel against it by denying its very gnawing existence. One scientific research1 after another confirms this to be the case. But still, we can claim that nothing is really missing from our lives, that there is really no validity to the existence of the soul. Yet, what are we negating? Can we claim that we tangibly know that there is no such immaterial reality as the soul? And by doing so, can we further claim that our lives are already complete if we do not conceive of that which may be lacking from it as a reality? If we reject the soul as a real thing we do not allow ourselves the ability to know how its consideration may impact our lives. (more…)

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The Life of the Heart

As we are often reminded by that nudging, that jerking of the heart just when we’ve erected our walls of rationale, we need our hearts just as much as we need our minds. For when our theories leave us cold and lonely inside ourselves, only the warmth of another will be able to break through the mist and darkness. It is very telling that when we usually utter phrases like, ‘I don’t need her,’ we are doing it with contempt for the truth of exactly the opposite. We do need one another! A man who lives merely by the theories of his mind is a man who lives alone with a callused heart hardened by the illusion of his self-sufficiency and crumbling under the weight of his autonomy.

Yet, the heart will not only show us a new light by which we may see all things with a different perspective, but it will also give us the warmth and intimacy that we intrinsically crave. And though our love resonates from within us, when we love we are allowed to come outside ourselves into the world where our heart is able to direct its affection toward another. Our selfishness is then defeated by our love allowing us to see the world through others, for whom we choose to make life a bit more radiant.  (more…)

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The Life of the Mind

Most of us often regard one aspect of our lives to be supreme over the others, and as a result, we take the others for granted. We heighten the importance of the one we are most comfortable with, the one that resonates with our personality, and we diminish the significance of the others. For example, the scholar who’s learned to value the mind as a means of living and understanding the world is apt to favor the mind above all else, content to pursue the mind above all matters, often content to intellectualize all things, organize all things into little compartments, to mechanize everything possible in order to draw logical connections between all aspects of his existence. This, however, while a realistic and rational approach, does not allow him to experience the soft nuances and wonder of life. By reducing all existence to a mechanistic process we are hardened and left out in the cold, and we are reminded time and time again that some of our theoretical understandings of the world appear misaligned with our practical experiences, and we slowly drift away and lose touch with the world and the people who mean the most to us. Many in this camp live lives of quiet desperation usually wrapped up in thoughts, always trying to rationalize their experiences as some piece, some cog in the wheel of unencumbered reality. (more…)

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What is Love?

What is love? This Scientific American article tells us that we can now thank some of our recently identified brain regions for harboring passionate, maternal and even unconditional love. But are we really to understand love to be nothing but the result of a biochemical cocktail of hormones and neurotransmitters that are zapped by electrical signals leaping between neurons in this elegant cellular and biochemical symphony? Can we really reduce love so much while preserving its true essence and meaning? So what is love? Is it an emotional and conscious response to biochemistry? Or is the biochemistry the result of the emotional and conscious aspects of our human experience? (more…)

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Once Upon a Death

How life animates a person is one of the most phenomenal wonders. And when there’s a death, how greatly that animation is missed. Emotions blossom on every branch of this tree watered by uncertainty. But, I’m tired of philosophizing. All thinking eventually sinks and crumbles. Sometimes one should just let his emotions and imagination freely carry his thoughts away.

How should we live without hope? And when we’re saddened, what do our tears tell us about ourselves? When our loved ones pass away they leave us here estranged, broken-hearted and alone. The cold shivers that pace across our backs remind us over and over again that our own time is drawing near as well, and the moment now so charged with dolorous electricity shocks the realization of our finitude right through our core. (more…)

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