About this Site

A Word of Caution

Updated. This site is not about me. As I described in About, the purpose of this site is twofold. First, I wish to explore and try to understand the intersection of politics, religion and culture – what many refer to as the public square. Second, I would like to share my perspective with you. It is my hope that this site will supplement information you already have and aid you in your quest.

But make no mistake; we are all on a quest together. This site however, and other online sources and social networking sites for that matter, is not meant to be a substitute for community. Please take what you learn online and process it through your lived experience in your community. The danger of being “connected”, that is to say the ethical implication of being too attached to the world online is that we become disconnected to any sense of accountability to and responsibility for our local community.

So read blog posts, engage the online world, instagram and tweet away, but never lose your connection to the community right in front of you.

James 2:14-26
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?

So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called “the friend of God.”

See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route?

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

If you need help finding a community, check out masstimes.org. It’s a great resource to help you find a Catholic church anywhere in the world. Catholics are people of community, so find a church and you find a community.

Many thanks to my coworker, Marty, who got me thinking about this topic, and to Dr. Dan O’Brien of Ascension Health whose recent lecture, “Diverging Roads: Cultural and Political Trends Impact on Catholic Healthcare,” drove the point home.

Peace!

Revised: May 8, 2017

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4 Responses to About this Site

  1. Marty says:

    Your coworker has also gotten you to think about other topics that need a post also. 🙂

    I am all for connectivity, but “social networking” is perhaps the biggest misnomer ever conceived. We are “connected” to people around the world that we will never meet and who may have little to no impact on our lives, while we often neglect our families or next door neighbor in need.

    • Marty, while I agree with you about the importance of the community right in front of us, there is no question in my mind that we live in an exciting time! Never before do so many people have so much access to politicians, church leaders, even celebrities! All that access has both it’s advantages and disadvantages. The “trick” I think is to be mindful that our online communities are no substitute for the people right in front of us. Peace!

      • P.S. I’m thinking about those other topics 🙂

      • Marty says:

        We have kids drowning in tubs because Mom is on Facebook
        (http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/26481127/detail.html) and people dying while texting and driving.
        I knew a couple who thought they were “cool” because they emailed each other from the next room instead of talking.
        I knew a guy who rarely ventured out into society because he had everything he needed on the internet.
        A “successful” blogger indicates she spends 16-18 hours a day in front of her computer. Some success.

        The internet can be a great thing and it can be a terrible thing. The truth is its both.

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