QotD – Power of Truth & Love – 2.14.2016

But the power of being is not man’s own power; it is the power of the Creator. And faith teaches us this about the Creator: that he is not only Truth, but also Love, and that the two are inseparable. God has as much power in the world as truth and love have. This would be a melancholy thought if all we knew of the world was what we ourselves have been able to observe and experience in the course of our lifetime. But from the perspective of the new experience that God has bestowed on us in Jesus Christ, together with himself and the world, it is a sentence full of triumphant hope. For now we can read this sentence in reverse: truth and love are identical with the power of God because he not only possesses truth and love, he is Truth and Love. Truth and love are, therefore, the real, the definitive power in the world. On this certainty rests the hope of the Church and the hope of Christians. Or better: that is why Christian existence is one of hope.

(Ratzinger, J. Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year. 59–60)

QotD – God’s True Lovers – 2.3.2016

“As St. Teresa used to say … ‘Love of God does not consist in experiencing his tenderness, but in serving him with resolution and humility.’  And in yet another place, ‘God’s true lovers are discovered in times of aridity and temptation’.” (Liguori, Alphonsus. Unifomity with God’s Will. 24)

Re-presenting the Omni Characteristics of God

1181242139153Since middle school, I’ve always had a strange fascination with the omni statements about God.  Between trying to imagine nothing and figuring out when eternity ends, I would contemplate what it meant for God to be Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnibenevolent.  Well, between those deeps thoughts and getting my butt kicked by my cousin in Blitz on the N64 that is.  God’s omnipotence certainly didn’t save me from some rather embarrassing defeats.

In the 15 or so years since my days as a preteen theologian, I’ve had some game changing insights (that I later found out someone else had about 1,700 years ago).  I’m also still wrestling with how do these doctrines impact me today.  How does the head knowledge apply to my heart knowledge?
Below are my thoughts, but if you are unfamiliar with the omni phrases, most of them get summarized concisely and pretty accurately here. Continue reading “Re-presenting the Omni Characteristics of God”

A Revolutionary Idea of God

I’ve been watching the TV show Revolution on Netflix.Revolution_Infobox  It is a turn your brain off and go for the ride kind of show.  I enjoy the concept and the plot.  I have no problem with the way it seems to Frankenstein itself off of other Post-apocalyptic works.  It starts as a kind of step-child of S.M. Stirling’s Dies the Fire and CBS’ Jericho.  Its not so distant cousins certainly include Jeremiah and I’m sure a host of other shows and books I’ve never been exposed to or can’t recall.

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