Critical Grace Theory

This is my spiritual blog. Grace is critical to get us through these disturbing times.

My acceptance of a religious exemption from the vaccines

“Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and give unto God what is God’s.” Luke 20:25 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 I am accepting the religious exemption from the vaccine mandate for teachers in the State of Washington.Continue reading “My acceptance of a religious exemption from the vaccines”

Critical Grace Theory

Grace is critical to the proper functioning of society. Without it, a diverse society will end up destroying itself.

Real Preppers Love Jesus

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Sometimes we try too hard

We need to stop, rest, get down low, humble ourselves, look around and then fly out the door. Jesus is the door (John 10:7). This winter, I got creative and built myself a makeshift greenhouse out of the shell of a carport that we’re no longer using. I just covered it with a $25 sheetContinue reading “Sometimes we try too hard”

Holofernes being beheaded by Judith.

The Lord who crushes wars is our assassin’s mace

Behold now, the Assyrians are increased in their might; they are exalted, with their horses and riders; they glory in the strength of their foot soldiers; they trust in shield and spear, in bow and sling, and know not that thou art the Lord who crushes wars;

Dear social justice warriors

Are you looking for a group to join that actually believes in the sentence “black lives matter” so much so that there is NO distinction between races? Want to join a family where there is no distinction between classes and no differences between the sexes? Welcome to Christ’s kingdom! If you’re starting to see thatContinue reading “Dear social justice warriors”

sunset

Life’s sinking sun

The truest evidence for God requires faith and sometimes solitude and reflection. Coincidences like that happen more often than we realize. We need faith to be tuned in to them, to experience them. In times of peaceful reflection, such as gardening can bring, we can hear God more clearly.

Jesus being tempted in the wilderness

Jesus was led by the Spirit

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts and the angels ministered to him. Mark 1:12 When the priest proclaims, “The gospel of the Lord,” there are certain scriptures that I find it hard to respond to withContinue reading “Jesus was led by the Spirit”

St Joseph

Serenity in Battle

I LOVE this image of St. Joseph. He looks like he’s just out for a nice stroll in the woods, maybe getting some firewood and collecting flowers. And while he’s out walking and collecting, oh, yeah, he slays the devil. St. Joseph doesn’t show any sign of fear, repulsion, or anger at the beast belowContinue reading “Serenity in Battle”

Saturday, Glorious

Today is Saturday. I was worried and decided to pray the rosary. The first Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection, told me not to worry. We will not be on this cross forever.The second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension, told me not to worry. We will rise again with him.The third Glorious Mystery, the descent of the HolyContinue reading “Saturday, Glorious”

The good you do

Even the mistakes you make when serving the Lord are beautiful and edifying. One morning last week, I met my cousin for coffee to talk about the way of the world and spiritual things. I have always admired his fortitude in walking with the Lord. He spent years devoted to prayer. He goes to aContinue reading “The good you do”

Returning Home

When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in a small two-bedroom house on a farm, seemingly miles away from the closest neighbor. They had a dog, a black mutt that had a white stripe around the top of his neck that looked like a permanent collar. His name was Major. When we went fishing,Continue reading “Returning Home”

Your vote matters every day, not just once every four years

We may feel defeated now that Trump, who many of us saw as a sort of temporal Katechon holding back the evils of a new world order, has apparently been cheated out of the election. America and the world lost a great opportunity. Under Trump, the United States could have “more gently and organically [become],Continue reading “Your vote matters every day, not just once every four years”

Seeing Red

Red, my anger.Red, the three stripes of the enemy. Red, Republican red.Red, the color of financial ruin.The red army, waiting around the corner-Pharisees wringing handsdrunk on entrapment. Did I say something wrong?Did I dare offend the malformed consciences?The diseased minds of the do-good pavers–those who raise hell just to make the path to it smoother?DidContinue reading “Seeing Red”

The Balance of Your Day

9/27/2020 This morning I was not in the mood for church. A long list of excuses presented itself as to why I shouldn’t go. The usual Covid-era excuses: I hadn’t registered for Mass. I was going to a new church where I didn’t know anyone. And I would be forced to wear a mask. IContinue reading “The Balance of Your Day”

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