Saturday, August 6, 2016

 Feel free to ignore: just writing an an answer to a common objection to Catholic teaching that a (Catholic) friend has heard raised by others against the Church. It's a rough draft, and could no doubt use some work, as I haven't written anything apologetics related in a long time...but I do hope to get back into the habit of writing, so....

Thursday, May 12, 2016

[No idea when I originally wrote this, but it's been a few years ago, when I was under the delusion I could practice at least trying to learn how to write poetry, a delusion I'm safe from now. lol.]

His Word Incarnate

Amidst the many trials of this our exile
Long have we waited, for but a single word
From heaven, as we continue the struggle
To resist anew sin's sweet allure

The battle leaves us near despair
And from above silence is all we hear
Do we still cling to a desperate cause?
Or do we concede defeat to our fear?

Then once more our eyes turn to the tree
The place where our salvation occurred
And there we recall the answer has been given
Already, for God has given us His Word

Monday, February 22, 2016

Freedom

Freedom

[Originally written in March 2015, and which I meant to revise, since it definitely needs it, but have never gotten around to. However, I wanted to include it here nevertheless.]

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Some quick thoughts I wanted to write down while they were still fresh in my mind (even if, due to the haste of writing it down, it is not precisely in the form I would put it were I taking my time...It is a little too blunt, for instance, precisely because I was a little irritated at the time of writing it due to an example of outright anti-Catholicism I saw, so...if it seems to have an angry tone, that is why. Please forgive me for the tone).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gloria

Marvelous in the skies above
Amidst the darkness of the night,
Resplendent with fire of His love,
Inspired by His heavenly light,
Angels announce the newborn King

Greatly trembling, the shepherds fear
As the heavens above are filled
By the angels whose song they hear
Before being calmed by such goodwill
Yet so heard in the words that ring

Dare we too join in the praise
Offered by the angels to Christ
As the Child in the manger lays
(Not scorning the Pearl of great price),
Ent'ring the song which they do sing

[Very rarely do I write poetry since, as you can see, I am not a poet.]

Friday, April 4, 2014

This afternoon I was re-reading a dialogue I had with an atheist friend of mine from a few years ago (in October 2008), and I have decided to extract part of it for a post. The dialogue itself was something which I think I would have been much better prepared for today than I was back then, due to various factors (not the least of which being that I read a lot more philosophy in the form of good books, posts, and comments by people such as Edward Feser and Mike Flynn , that would have been greatly helpful to me if I had known about them then.) As I made sure to emphasize at the time to my friend, I wasn't exactly prepared for a dialogue on atheism at that point. (I still don't have really any experience in such dialogues, for that matter, and hence cannot state I am exactly prepared now).

Yet the reason I am making this post is because there are some areas in which I was able to formulate my thoughts even then on some things that are of a more general nature than the specific topic of atheism itself. The following is one such example. While the immediate circumstances for the words that follow, as can be clearly seen, were from a criticism of religion he made from an atheistic perspective, in it I explain my own views in such a way that it would also address some criticisms that are also made by non-Catholic Christians against a Catholic perspective of how it is legitimate to take the various good aspects of non-Christian cultures, and bring them into a Christian context, as Aquinas did with Aristotle (while, of course, rejecting any error that is associated with them.) Again, since I was addressing them to an atheist friend, the way I explained it is not the same approach I would take to a non-Catholic Christian, but since some of the areas of criticism between an atheist and such a non-Catholic Christian would overlap, I have included it below:

Anyway, here is the extract, which I have not touched at all (except for replacing my friend's name with dashes in two spots).

Monday, February 24, 2014

Just came across another old writing of mine, an argumentative essay which I had to write for a writing class in May 2009...I have decided to include an extract here (from the much larger paper), since it gives my thoughts on a common fundamentalist interpretation of Acts 17:11, and I would like to have it online, so I can easily reference it if I need to do so. (I have slightly tweaked some sections, as well as included a short expansion, trying to make it more suitable as a blog post, but the substance is the same as I wrote back then). I know it definitely needs some revision, so as to express my thoughts clearer (and thereby strengthen the arguments), which I may get to at some point. Moreover, in imitation of the apostle Paul, it contains many run-on sentences! But for now, here it is: