Aliens, Elephants and Angels

2021-06-28T11:06:20-04:00June 28th, 2021|Categories: Patheos|

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly discussion which is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox and it goes like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun. Therefore, statistically there must be billions of planets like earth where intelligent life has developed. Given the [...]

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Exorcism and the Snakes of St Patrick

2021-03-17T12:39:07-04:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Patheos|

The other day I saw a snarky comment about the legend of St Patrick casting all the snakes out of Ireland: "Thing is" said snarker "Ireland never had any snakes anyway. The climate is too damp and cold. Duh." Duh indeed. The legend was never about snakes anyway. It was about serpents--meaning Satan and the demons. [...]

The Chair of Peter: Furniture Matters…

2021-02-24T09:12:56-04:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

As a convert you come across some unusual practices within the Catholic faith (said he, making the understatement of the year) One of them for me was to find that there was a feast day for a chair. What was I–poor Bob Jones graduate that I was–to make of such an odd celebration? There it was [...]

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Eliot’s Ash Wednesday

2021-02-17T13:21:18-04:00February 17th, 2021|Categories: Patheos|

T.S.Eliot was baptized in 1927 and turned away from a life in the wasteland of modern atheism, decadence and despair His new found Christian faith inspired his great poem of repentance--Ash Wednesday. Go here to read the poem, and even better, click here to listen to Eliot himself reading the poem. The poem, like most of [...]

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The Day I Met Mother Teresa

2020-09-05T10:48:29-04:00September 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

I had met James during my seminary days in Oxford and he and I were ordained as Anglican priests at the same time and went to nearby parishes in Sussex. I have always had to have my arm twisted to take vacations, and this was no exception. James was planning a trip to India and wanted [...]

Explaining Transubstantiation

2020-07-29T11:03:52-04:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

I'm often surprised at the number of good, faithful Catholics who are well informed about their faith, who do not understand the doctrine of transubstantiation. In my experience they fall into two categories. The first do not believe the Eucharist is anything more than a symbol. The second believe the bread and wine become the  Body [...]

No Salvation Outside the Church?

2020-05-15T13:49:18-04:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

It's pretty clear in the gospel isn't it? Jesus says, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." This sounds clear: "Jesus is the only way to God." When you combine this with the teaching in the third chapter of John's gospel the message is even [...]

Ghosts, Demons and Deliverance

2020-04-22T09:15:12-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

Do you believe in ghosts? C.S.Lewis said he only met one woman who had ever seen a ghost and she said afterwards she didn't believe in ghosts. It illustrates that perceiving is not believing. I read an article not long ago claiming that sightings of ghosts, demons, werewolves, black beasts and monsters of all kinds are higher [...]

Sanity and Sanctity

2020-02-21T12:34:38-04:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

I'm convinced that I am a little bit insane. ("Only a little bit?" I hear you say) Not only that, I'm really convinced that almost everybody else is. However, let me define my terms. By 'insane' I don't mean bat-shit crazy, eye rolling drooling insane. Instead I mean that we do not have a total grip on reality. [...]

Sweet Heart

2020-02-14T08:53:08-04:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Patheos|

Here's your Valentine's card. Have a heart...the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus is pretty hard for a convert to understand. The imagery is usually sentimental. Too much Catholic kitsch for the tasteful Anglicans and too much Catholic weirdness for the typical Baptist. I once visited the Monastery at Conyers [...]

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