New wineskins

January 2, 2016 (Timu): A couple of nights ago I was praying for G.D. who is having health problems, that by some means he would come to a saving knowledge of God. I forgot exactly what heretical thing I said, but Amber looked up at me in surprise.... But it has stayed with me. The …

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Matter articulate

From the epilogue of Denys Turner's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas: Thomas's matter speaks, it overflows with meaning. For what are human beings but matter articulate, animals that in speaking make sounds utter, and in writing make literate shapes?... Articulate animals that were are, our bodies speak to one another, and through word and gesture …

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Grammar of God

September 14, 2015: For a long time, I've had a nagging sense that we, as a human race, don't really know who we are, where we came from, or where we're going. That is not to say there aren't standard answers to these questions - there are, many of them. But to me they seem …

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Love, life, language

April 23, 2014: There is a synthesis rising up in me before my spiritual eyes. I can see only the wisps or strands of it as they stretch up from below; I cannot yet see where they will meet. These strands are: That human language is a sacrament (an analogy not only in form but …

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Eyes of God

March 10, 2015: This morning I woke with a theological vision in my mind. The question flashing before me was: "Does God have eyes?" Does God have eyes - intricately functioning organs that bend light to form a neuro-chemical signal that can be interpreted by a brain as images? The obvious answer is 'no'. Since, …

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Names for mysteries

January 31, 2010 Friday night I was sitting on the pot imagining some string of overly academic writing. The word 'ostensibly' popped up. I felt that the word fit the meaning and/or the meaning arose because the word was known to me. Whichever the case, it struck me that even though I don't know exactly …

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