Archives For The Holy Spirit

Red Shoes And A Toolbox

February 17, 2013 — 1 Comment

When John talked about his unworthiness in untying Jesus’ sandals, that same analogy is appropriate as I contemplate the contributions of Pope Benedict XVI during his extraordinary life.

Papal Red ShoesPapa, I’m not worthy to even shine your red Papal shoes.

I say this in part as I read some of the criticism that has been leveled his way. Tough audience. It makes me wonder what he should have done–in their minds–to earn passing marks. Let me go out on a three-inch limb. If more people dedicated their lives to pursuits similar to those of Joseph Ratzinger, the world would be less dark, more loving and more open to the embrace of God.

May God bless this humble, soon-to-be former Pope in his life of prayer and inspire him to continue his charism as teacher nonpareil.


One hundred and seventeen men will soon enter the Sistine Chapel and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the College of Cardinals will elect the 266th Pope.

On day one, 117 men will be flawed (not impeccable but capable of sin) and fallible (liable to err). On the day of election and assent by the chosen Cardinal, 117 men will remain flawed and fallible except for one huge proviso. The new Pope, because of his office, is now infallible on matters of morals and faith (as is the body of bishops as a whole when in doctrinal unity with the Pope). I find this fascinating, I accept it on faith but can understand the misunderstanding, disbelief and even hostility by those outside the Church on this doctrine.

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Twitter And Infallibility

December 7, 2012 — 1 Comment

Recently, on Twitter under the hash tag #ThingsPopeWontTweet, I suggested one. “Today’s the day. I can feel it. I’m infallible.” I thought it was pretty funny. Which got me thinking…


Taken together, the doctrine of infallibility, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception (we celebrate the Feast day on December 8) and faith is to some like eating a Thanksgiving dinner on a surfboard riding a wave at Jaws Beach, Hawaii. Difficult at best and almost impossible to digest.

So, let’s first talk about infallibility. The following is a good summary.

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The last seven weeks represent the totality of my blogging life. Notwithstanding the work involved, I’ve loved every post. The feedback, as well, has been both gratifying and humbling. Why I didn’t start blogging sooner is beyond me. Maybe family lore is true.

I’ve heard tell that I was dropped on my head as a child during a quilting party. But then again, maybe Mom was just being a mom and kindly s’plaining away my limitations with her fantastical baby-drop story.

cosmic distance ladder

Bless my mother’s heart. I miss her terribly. She would have loved my stories on subjects so close to my heart. And to the extent that any of my posts have reflected my thoughts on faith, my intention from day one has been to accurately reflect Magisterial teaching. Therein the problem. I’m an educated man, wise to my unknowingness but have zero units toward a Master of Divinity. Consequently, I’ve been reluctant to do any heavy lifting in regards to Catholic dogma, doctrines or disciplines.

However, we all have a role to play in spreading the Good News. So I decided to go on a bike ride, burn some Corona calories and reason through this intimidation factor.

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