Faith and Reason

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”

― Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), “Fides et Ratio: On the Relationship Between Faith and Reason

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“As St. Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.”


—C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity

All of Nature is God’s Art

“All of Nature is God’s Art”  Attributed to Dante Alighieri. “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”  Henry David Thoreau, Walden A local townsperson from forty or so years ago in Mount Vernon, Maine, taught in the … Continue reading

Freedom From Religion Part Two

“You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage You may be a business man or some high-degree thief They may call you doctor or they may call you chief But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are You’re … Continue reading

Freedom From Religion Part One

Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ And you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’ [i] “The Times … Continue reading

I Met a Guy

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”  Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights How many of our stories start with “I met a guy?” Just as this one will. We were in the backyard of my daughter’s home in California earlier this spring during a birthday block party and cookout in the cul-de-sac … Continue reading

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