At the end of my junior year in college I had been dating a girl for almost 3 years. It’s important to note that her dad was a Lutheran pastor, so she obviously was Lutheran. As we were getting more serious in our relationship, at one point I casually said in conversation: When our kids are Catholic. She immediately asked, What did you say? I said, When our kids our Catholic... She responded, I thought our kids would be Lutheran. I responded, Our kids will be Catholic. No, she said, our kids will be Lutheran. I said, My kids will be Catholic. She said, My kids will be Lutheran. Continue reading “The Peace This World Cannot Give: The 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time”
Dostoevsky’s famous The Brothers Karamazov revolves around this broken family, especially the father and his three sons and the small Russian community in which they live. One of the noticeable fact about this work is the distinction he makes between people. Those engaged in objectively morally evil behavior have chaotic lives which seem to be spinning more out of control with every breath; they are carried away by every whim and wind. On the other hand, those engaged in morally good behavior have a life of order, they’re in control, and their lives are peaceful. It’s a remarkable contrast that is presented by Dostoevsky.