Category Stray Thoughts

God’s Partiality

Today’s First Reading hit me like a ton of bricks for some reason: “Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it over throngs of peoples! Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, […]

Five Unreasonable Expectations

I was going through some boxes today, and ran across a notebook from my Clinical Pastoral Education unit with Fr. Gene Sitzman in Cherokee, IA from the summer of 1999. This unit was conducted at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute, and much of our lecture was on mental illness. The page my notebook flipped open […]

Return of the Extreme Machete Order

Since two Star Wars movies have appeared since I wrote Extreme Machete Order with a Twist in 2014, it’s time for an update. There is one amendment, but most of my thoughts haven’t changed. “What order do I watch the Star Wars movies in?” This is the eternal question since 2005, and there are many […]

Humility as antidote

Robert Christian of the website Millennial Journal tweeted a quote from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s book Transformation in Christ which made an immediate impression on me. From the quality of the quote, I think this tome will go on my reading list because I think explorations of healthy humility are long overdue. “Humility is the opposite, […]

Let the Rain Fall

The Senate’s refusal to pass meaningful legislation to ban assault weapons is the pinnacle of ineptitude. Polls consistently show the vast majority of Americans approve some restrictions on these weapons, however the Senate is obstinate in refusing to listen. The House is no better, as proven by Paul Ryan’s reluctance to become Speaker of the House […]

Don’t Have to Care?

The story of David and Bathsheba has been on my mind the past few days in light of the recent news of the Stanford rape case. A few years ago one of my friends was saying that the affair was her fault: she was bathing naked in clear view, and it wasn’t David’s fault he […]

Stacking the Deck

I’m going to court trouble again, but things are too crazy. The next mass murderer is probably cruising gun shows or surfing the Dark Side of the Internet (where no background checks happen) to gear up for the next outburst. There’s something about one of the arguments for wide gun distribution that doesn’t make sense […]