Flying From The Divine We found ourselves among the magenta lights, Swimming in the ocean of fireflies, Dancing in the galaxy of vibrating embers. A certain kind of bliss. But not the blessed happiness. I saw you sitting before me, sipping an ice cold rivet, slightly nodding your head as the band before us exploded … Continue reading When a Devout Christian Attends a Rave and Takes MDMA
Thought experiment: You go to heaven but your family goes to Hell. How do you feel? Option 1, The "traditional" option: Nothing can subtract from the joy of heaven, so you experience a sadistic pleasure as you watch your family burn. You rejoice at God's justice and glory, crying tears of ecstatic joy as you … Continue reading Holy Saturday and the Unquenchable Love of the Latter Day Saints
If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, … Continue reading O Death, Where is Your Sting? O Hell, Where is Your Victory?
Hello Father, I hope this email finds you well. I've been thinking about apophatic approaches to God a lot over the past few years, and I've arrived at some interesting conclusions. I know from reading your blog that you are a fan of apophatic mystery and so I thought I'd run it all by you … Continue reading Apophaticism and Transcendence
Eternal and Temporal Punishments In Catholic theology there is the idea that sin has a "double consequence": committing a sin will lead to one or both of an eternal punishment, as well as a temporal punishment. Traditionally a distinction is made between mortal and venial sin: mortal sin is sin that is serious enough to … Continue reading Ramblings Concerning Eschatology, Sin and Salvation