Monthly Archive: January 2008

My Brother Vinnie

My Brother Vinnie

I couldn’t resist the reference to pop culture. And by the way, this post has no relation to the previous one. I just made my usual late-night run to X-Mart to buy “stuff,” and thought I’d make a quick post now that I’m back home. I...

Schizophrenia and Reality

Schizophrenia and Reality

School is getting into full swing, so I doubt I’ll be very good at posting for the next few months, and for that matter my posts have been pretty thrown together lately anyway, but I wanted to start out with the topic of reality and belief...

Mystics and Empiricism, II

Mystics and Empiricism, II

A couple of weeks ago I said that mystics should ask themselves what faith is, and to keep in mind the principle manifested in Jesus’ words to Thomas, “You believe because you have seen. Blessed is he who believes but has not seen.” There is also...

Of Light and Carbon

Of Light and Carbon

A few old notes, made during a lazy weekend morning: Like the light of the sun through a diamond, God’s holiness shines through human life appearing to our eyes in a myriad of colors. The ability of diamonds to shine brilliantly with a spectrum of colors...

Literalists, Mystics and Empiricism

Literalists, Mystics and Empiricism

To my mind, one of the ways mystical religion differs from other forms of religion (i.e., more dogmatic, doctrinally-based systems) is that mysticism concerns itself primarily with experiencing what is (or, to be fair to those who are skeptical, what it perceives to be what is),...

Of Mystics and Chickens

I’ve read enough Thomas Merton over the years that I can’t always remember where I read certain words of his. Somewhere, while speaking about the insatiable nature of human desire, he talks about “[a man stuffing his belly with fried chicken]” in gluttonous pleasure. If you...