Meaning and Endings: Death, New Creation & Meaningful Life

Feast of St Gregory the Dialogist

Christ_tomb_red_square.jpgTHAT IT'S ALL going to come to naught—for individual persons and the universe as a whole—if naturalism is true, is relevant to meaningful life. Quite a few philosophers disagree. They do not disagree with the claim that there are likely sorts of dying (dying very young so as to prevent one from attaining important goals, for example) that could threaten or, more modestly,... Continue Reading

Tempted by Satan: The Triumph of Christ in our Unseen Combat

Feast of Gerasimus the Righteous of Jordan

Temptation_Square.jpgTHE GOSPEL reading for the first Sunday of Western Lent is Mark 1:12-13: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.”

The beauty of the Temptation in Mark’s gospel is its brevity. Without the specifics offered... Continue Reading

One with the Nous: The Life Work of Human Being

Feast of Righteous John Cassian the Confessor

On_Human_Being_square.jpgA SWEET FRIEND said to me the other day, “I feel like spreading happiness is my life’s work.” I love that! I know her to be a naturally happy, encouraging person. For her to feel that spreading happiness is her life’s work is one of the most self-aware statements she could make. She DOES spread happiness. From the core of her being radiating... Continue Reading

Interstellar Space Oddyseys: The Continuing Relevance of Walker Percy

Feast of Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna

Interstellar_square.jpgWATCHING Christopher Nolan’s ambitious science-fiction film Interstellar this last fall reminded me that Walker Percy’s classic (and hilarious, and profound) self-help send-up, Lost in the Cosmos, is as relevant as ever. The last sixty pages of the book are dedicated to narrating two “Space Odysseys.” The commonalities between these and Interstellar are striking. Here is the premise of both:

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The Not So Great Indoors: Losing our Wonder

Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 

Cosmos_Square.jpgWHEN THE MIND contemplates heaven and earth, it marvels and is filled with wonder and rejoices with inexpressible gladness for having such a God and Lord who created with such ease, such beautiful and wise and great and marvelous creatures. So we are moved to say with David: "I praise Thee for Thou are beautiful and wonderful. Wonderful... Continue Reading