America’s State Religion

Truth is something that I love, I have searched for all my life. It’s easy to find but in our culture, you have to work at finding it. But, the grace, peace and joy it brings is, or has been, worth the long search. I came across this Catholic Answers article. Give it a read, it’s a short article that puts simply an answer to the question, “What if Catholicism is True“. Finding this article the morning after watching a movie called, “Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism” brings together a few thoughts about America’s State religion.

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What’s Old Is New

Research Confirms We Are Soulless

I find it satisfying that the “conclusion” in the research paper (“Self-Transcendent Emotions and Their Social Functions: Compassion, Gratitude, and Awe Bind Us to Others Through Prosociality”) points to what religion has taught for thousands of years. When will the world wake up, when will science catch up to religion?

For the last 150 years or so, we have defined ourselves as somehow “enlightened” but how can we be enlightened and write deep research articles like this one and leave out the soul?

The article, “Self-Transcendent Emotions and Their Social Functions: Compassion, Gratitude, and Awe Bind Us to Others Through Prosociality” has about one hundred citations for research on humanity. But, it is all about emotion. Never mentioning the soul.

The soul is our connection to humanity, to God, to Godly behavior. Our souls guide us to selfless service toward others. Our soul is superior to intellect (mind) or emotion (heart). Continue reading “What’s Old Is New”

A Psalm Offers Consolation

I asked for God’s peace about something personal, and in prayer, I found this Psalm as my consolation.

Thank you, Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit;

A prayer of David.
I
Incline your ear, LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and oppressed.

Preserve my life, for I am devoted;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God;
be gracious to me, Lord;
to you I call all the day.

Gladden the soul of your servant;
to you, Lord, I lift up my soul.

Lord, you are good and forgiving,
most merciful to all who call on you.

LORD, hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help.

On the day of my distress I call to you,
for you will answer me.

II
None among the gods can equal you, O Lord;
nor can their deeds compare to yours.

All the nations you have made shall come
to bow before you, Lord,
and give honor to your name.

For you are great and do wondrous deeds;
and you alone are God.

III
Teach me, LORD, your way
that I may walk in your truth,
single-hearted and revering your name.

I will praise you with all my heart,
glorify your name forever, Lord my God.

Your mercy to me is great;
you have rescued me from the depths of Sheol.

O God, the arrogant have risen against me;
a ruthless band has sought my life;
to you they pay no heed.

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy and truth.

Turn to me, be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the son of your handmaid.

Give me a sign of your favor:
make my enemies see, to their confusion,
that you, LORD, help and comfort me.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/86

Want to know more about Psalms?

Author: David, Solomon, Asaph, others and many unknown authors

Date Written: 1400-450 BC

Psalms is not really a book.  It is a collection of 150 songs, prayers, poems and hymns gathered over a very long period of time.  There are different types of psalms.  Some tell stories.  Some are songs of praise.   Some are prayers of repentance.  Each psalm has its own unique character but they are all deeply emotional and profoundly spiritual.  The Psalms are not meant to be simply read, but to be prayed.

Fred the Fish

living In The Ocean

Fred was a fish in the big ocean. Real big ocean. Fred lived with other fish in his school (fish term for family of like fish). Life was OK, but you had to swim around and find food while you avoided the bigger fish who ate the smaller fish like Fred. Sometimes you were not smart enough to get away in time and became fish food for another fish.

The Bait

One day, a strange thing dropped into the ocean. The fish all asked what this new thing was. Then some started to shout (in bubbles, of course, fish can’t shout), “There’s food over here!”.  OK, free food was a very odd thing in the ocean. Some fish began to question why was there this new free food in the center of this new thing that just dropped into the ocean. Some of the fish were not so enlightened and raced towards the free food. Yum, it was good, so it had to be OK, right?

Free Food

Some fish wandered in, took a nibble, and raced back out of the thing where the free food was. If it is that good, it must be bad.
Some fish shouted that the free food was a trap, and to be strong, stay away for the new thing that dropped into their ocean. Fish like Fred listened and followed the fish that said to avoid the new thing and the free food. Many however were weak in character and followed the others into the center of this new thing to get the free food that tasted so good.

Trapped

Then the new thing began to close up, trapping the fish who were just looking for the free food. As it closed, it began to raise up out of the ocean. By now, the fish who had thought the free food was a good thing we’re afraid of what was happening. Up out of the ocean the net went, and the fish disappeared. They were emptied into a pot of boiling water where they were cooked and canned.

Rules Aren’t So Bad

Fred saw that the free food was not a good thing. Life was supposed to be a balance of difficult and rewarding. Sometimes things were easy, but most of the time, life was about following rules and working to be a better fish.
Sounds familiar at all?
Dave Tay