Reason And Justice

John of the Cross is recorded in The Sayings of Light and Love to have said: Blessed are they who, setting aside their own pleasure and inclination, consider things according to reason and justice before doing them. In The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross / translated by Kavanaugh and Rodriguez. p. 89. …

Different Worlds, Different Views

The following is from a book titled Another Culture/Another World by Father Michael Oleksa. Association of Alaska School Boards, 2005. Different cultures see the world differently. Different cultures structure, understand and play the game of life differently. These are not differences of right and wrong, good or bad, practical or impractical. They are just different …

Mister, My Mom Fainted

In May 1966 in the middle of beautiful weather and in a beautiful Sacramento neighborhood, I walked up to the ambulance guy and said, “Mister, my mom fainted.” I had just gotten home from school. Getting home was always a dangerous affair. There were various gangs vying for turf in our neighborhood. This was before …

A Bouquet of Roses

In January of 1988 there was a good amount of snow on the ground. The temperatures were hovering around zero. Ft. Madison, Iowa, was pretty much iced in. I was finished. PTSD, anxiety, depression, sadness, a sense of failure were constant companions. I can feel that day as if it were just a brief, few …

Confessions of a Secret Mystic

For the past 20 years I have been an academic. I have worked with academics. I have thought like an academic. I’ve spent hours upon hours assisting others in their academic work. It’s how I made my living. But before that I was a pastor/minister for 18 years. And, in between, I spent 5 years …