Tag Archive: death

The doctrine of Purgatory

This is No. 9 in the series. Please read my introduction and explanation here. I remember shortly before my father died, standing at the foot of his sickbed as two nuns prayed for… Continue reading

There will be justice

As we hear of innocent children being beheaded, their mothers raped, their fathers slaughtered mercilessly, we may question the whereabouts of this almighty, loving God Christians talk about. Is his arm too short… Continue reading

What’s your Risk Ratio?

A young man from our community was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday…one day shy of 20 years old and his whole life, presumably, ahead of him. Presumably. In a world that is,… Continue reading

Is there such a thing as original sin?

I can think of little else more horrifyingly unjust than to send an innocent child, a newborn even, to an everlasting, godless existence in hell. A babe just out of the womb, or… Continue reading

I’m talking to you. Yes, you.

No one will ever accuse me of being too upbeat. Though I would identify as more optimistic than pessimistic, and I do have a sense of humor, I’m more the serious type and… Continue reading

Who needs him?

Every morning I wake before the crack of dawn, make my husband’s lunch, pour a cup of coffee, and sit in front of my laptop to find out what’s new in the world… Continue reading

Prescription for a sick world

I have lately felt more overwhelmed than usual by all the evil in the world. Murders, rapes, terrorist attacks, mass shootings, tortuous persecution. We see it in the news every day…a sad and… Continue reading

Life and death…and life

When convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro’s body is cremated or laid to rest, I doubt if anyone will utter those five words heard regularly in every funeral home across the country: “He’s in a… Continue reading

Words matter. Listen.

What are you? A human being, for sure. Male or female? Man, woman…boy, girl? Are you a senior citizen, a teenager, a middle-ager? We are all members of the human race, but in… Continue reading

Jesus really is the answer

 “We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.” And so the three teenage boys did.  A college baseball player shot in the back last week just… Continue reading

Will and grace, and faith

The 20thcentury British philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell famously blamed the God he didn’t believe in for his lack of faith. When presented with the possibility that he was mistaken about God’s existence… Continue reading

Feel the heat

We’re in a dog days of summer heat wave here in the Midwest. Some people like the hot days. Not me. I’m partial to the cool, cloudy days of autumn. But I find… Continue reading

Selective hearing on abortion

To speak for those who cannot speak for themselves is a noble deed. To intentionally ignore the most innocent and helpless among them is a selfish one. Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, with… Continue reading

Refusing heroes

Awhile back I wrote about heroes among us – ordinary men and women who stay true to their marriage vows despite trials and disappointment. I counted them among other traditional heroes such as… Continue reading

Artificial immortality

“The initiative’s goal is to create a network with the world’s leading scientists who are focused on the development of cybernetic technology with the ultimate goal of transferring human’s individual consciousness to an… Continue reading