For those of you who have been following my blog, thank you! I really appreciate your support, dialog, and mutual edification. If you have enjoyed reading my blog, I think you might also like my first children’s book, The Valley of the Borfkins. I just got it published a few days ago on amazon.com. Valley […]Read more "The Valley of the Borfkins: A Tale of Love and Reconciliation"
In one of the most intriguing conversations in the Bible, Pilate asks Jesus, “So you are a king?” To this, Jesus answers, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to […]Read more "“What is Truth?”:The Search for Meaning in a World of Competing Claims"
One of the most interesting (and most important) spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible is “discernment of spirits” (1 Cor 12:10). Briefly defined, this is the ability to tell the difference between various spirits that may be operating in the life of a person, animal, or place. It’s a much-needed gift, but it’s not always […]Read more "“Who’s That Knocking on My Door?”: An Introduction to Discernment of Spirits"
What do I believe? Well, it’s hard to summarize. I believe a lot of things, some of which may contradict each other. Nevertheless, my spiritual experiences have led me to affirm some beliefs as central to my faith and practice. Here, then, is my statement of faith, in the shortest form I can render it: […]Read more "Oddkin’s Creed: My Statement of Faith (the Short Version)"
There are many things I love about the Roman Catholic Church. I love the mystical nature of the liturgy. I love the healing power of the Eucharist. I love the devotion to Mary, and the communion with saints both living and dead. I even like the concept of purgatory. There are, however, some Catholic doctrines […]Read more "Mortal Sin: An Idea That Can Go Straight to Hell"