Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas has come around again, quickly, and we have to look at what is central to this feast and try to keep our balance in the midst of all that is taking place around us. We have to get close to the basics of the season and stay there rather than be pushed and tugged by the forces of commerce, consumerism and mass communication. So we again look at the scriptures and the truths of our faith.

Living in Different Worlds

Living in Different Worlds

The Federal Government throws around these huge figures that are hard to imagine for ordinary people and, maybe, even for lawmakers in the House and Senate. We know that many lawmakers are already wealthy, and that many are multimillionaires, so they do have personal experience of wealth that we do not have. But how can they imagine trillions and billions? How can they grasp these figures and how can they appreciate what a billion dollars, one way or the other, can do to countless people whom they are charged to represent? If a billion dollars are cut from Medicaid or Medicare how many poor people will lose their health insurance and other necessary income? How many jobs for unemployed youth can be created with a billion dollars? Where is the accountability when a billion dollars is wasted in a foreign country?

Natural Disasters and Human Anxieties

Natural Disasters and Human Anxieties

What we know is that we have been shaken and continue to be pushed out of our comfort zone by the series of natural disasters that have shook Houston/ Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico in Chiapas and Mexico City. We have forest fires in California. As well as those disasters we have the mass hooting and killing of innocent people in Las Vegas. We have the ongoing worry about what can happen in the standoff between North Korea and the United States. We have the debate about the national anthem, respect for the flag and athletes taking the knee following Colin Kaepernick. What are we to do? What are we to think? How do we make sense of all of this?

In terms of natural disasters we can say that they are beyond us, that that is the way our world and universe works; we will have hurricanes, storms, and earthquakes and they will come in those places where they have always come. People say that they are more severe now because of climate change. We will surely receive more information and studies that will confirm this.