Category Archives: Philosophy

THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU

I recently shared some of my musings about the corrosive effects of hatred upon the individual and upon society. A person consumed with hatred is rarely happy. This led me thinking about happiness. A great number of my patients expressed … Continue reading

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AND MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL

For me, life is a wonderful party, a party that must end. I am approaching that time of my existence and accept that reality. The Spanish say, “que sera.” Whatever happens will happen. I will have no control over my … Continue reading

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WHAT NEEDLESS PAIN WE BEAR

The Greco-Roman Gods embraced values and behavior which were the antithesis of Christian conduct. By our standards they were lusty, intemperate, immoral, deceptive and capricious. In many ways they portrayed the best and the worse of human behavior. Above all, … Continue reading

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FAITH, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN

I recently visited an extensive collection of dinosaurs at the County museum of natural history. Not only were fossilized reptilian bones displayed but also skeletons of modern birds to demonstrate avian similarities to the the ancient reptiles. Our guide emphasized … Continue reading

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DOING GOOD

The organization, “habitat for humanity,” provides a vehicle for charitable endeavors. I know a person who embarked upon a several week pilgrimage to build houses in west Africa. Upon return she bubbled over with enthusiasm about aiding the poor unfortunates. … Continue reading

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BEATING THE BISHOP

I was once tempted to write a primer for recovering Catholics entitled, “GUILT WITHOUT SEX.” Part of my motivation arose from a colleague who had studied for the priesthood. At the time he was a vigorous young male who struggled … Continue reading

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THAT DARK GATE

Approaching that dark gate, less I vision future tides. More I dwell in glories past and Spring times long forgotten. Recently I made some comments regarding the past and how it intrudes into the present. I suggested we attempt to … Continue reading

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SLIDING DOWN THE RAZOR BLADE OF LIFE

After eight trying hours of slogging upward we finally reached the summit. Sunrise was just breaking over the the brown plains of Africa, far below. Despite dehydration, freezing cold and the air hunger experienced at 19,000 feet of altitude a … Continue reading

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A CLOSED MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE?

The last several blogs included correspondence I had with my brother. Obviously, the letters show that we are polar opposites. He is a very bright man who studied theology at the University of Chicago and spent most of his life … Continue reading

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THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM

One of my readers suggested that I write some words about wisdom. Attempting to meet that challenge ¬†might involve a degree of hubris. First of all, I would never claim to be wise. I’m a deeply flawed human-being like everyone … Continue reading

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