Today is 29 January, 2017, the 37th Sunday after Pentecost, the Sunday of Zacchaeus. “What is crowd is blocking your view of Christ?” Father asked in his homily, “What do you need to climb above in order to see him?” While anything at all can obstruct our seeing, Father highlighted four things that are particularly troublesome […]
Today I was thinking about my time working at the liquor store in Michigan. I was paid hourly then. I am paid hourly now, now in Washington working at a café. I was offered salary at the store, on more than one occasion. I did not accept it. I was a manager already—a “lead,” a […]
St. Paul admonishes us not to forsake the gathering of believers. But here is the thing: none of us, Christian or otherwise, forsake the gathering of believers. The question, and what must be kept in dear remembrance is the question “what believers”? Look at who you offer your time you, who you spend your time […]
Tristan, Thank you for your words and for the time you gave to offer them. Our inner life is most decidedly an escape from our inner life! This is precisely why practicing boredom is so terribly ruinous. Our life itself, the way being is, is ekstatic, is always a going-out. Boredom is a willful going-not-anywhere-at-all. […]
At the opening of his 1949 lectures at the Bremen Club, Martin Heidegger offers a delicate but wholly elucidating question. “How does it stand with nearness?”[Wie steht es mit der Nähe?] The “it” [es] of the question is and is not ambiguous. It can be read primarily in two ways: 1) in reference to “the thing” [das Ding], and 2) in […]
Happiness is not some thing to be pursued. It is something practiced, practiced or imagined. Though, given, what is imagined is not always otherwise than real. Happiness happens, is an event, it takes place, in time. Time takes place, births forth in the material, in the physical. It is not touch. It is touching. Always, time is event, moment. Only after this is it chronology, narrative.
Today is a 9th. It is the 9th of a September. It is a good day. It is a good day for starting this thing, for letting it become whatever it will be. It is, as it is, an appropriate start.
By way of introduction, I must offer a confession. This project is a revival, a retrieval of a sorts, of something I’ve either lost or buried along a way. It is, it will be, for the most part, occasional observations and bits of something like a dialogue.