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May 27, 2013

Reflection for the Week- May 27th, 2013

Paul’s rhetoric of equality in 1 Corinthians 7 is astounding. Not only do the bodies of wives belong to their husbands, but the bodies of husbands belong to their wives. Marriage partners are not free to do what they please with their bodies. Spirituality is an earthly-bodily phenomenon. Liberty , asceticism, and idolatry are three false emblems of an overly already-focused spirituality that leads us astray. Misunderstandings abound today. Bodies are worshipped (idolatry), devalued (liberty), or seen as having nothing to do with the spiritual, which is entirely cut off from the physical world (asceticism). The body - both what it is and what it does are key parts of living spirituality.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 20, 2013

Reflection for the Week- May 20th, 2013

Love is not making it up as we go along. God is love and therefore God gives us direction as to what love is. Love is never less than justice, but always more. And Superabundantly more. The path of love is kind, gentle, and gracious, and doesn’t cherish keeping a list of grievances, but neither is it unchallenging. We are to love God, each other, and all human beings, as we seek to be those who demonstrate the truth that God sent Christ to redeem and restore the world.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 13, 2013

Reflection for the Week- May 13th, 2013

Fiction making may not be self-deceptive. That which leads us outside ourselves is at least potentially informative about what is real and true. Taking a too direct view of who one is – gazing only at oneself – will inevitably be unhelpful. We have to be open to a long detour through signs, symbols, stories, and poems if we hope to arrive at a better understanding and explanation of who we are. But the other and nature also have to be recognized as realities that will confirm a necessary exteriority for recounting a life beyond the material, which is saturated with meaning that can often be expressed through the beauty of fiction.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

May 06, 2013

Reflection for the Week- May 6th, 2013

Breathing chaos at daybreak, an armor plated character stands on the horizon and releases fire into the air. Despite the remarkable complexity of dawn and the steely cold appearance of the figure, there is a masterful arrangement to the floating currents of warmth that emerge out of solid mass, and then settle into a new pattern of resilience. Forged in the mists of a winter night, a litany of movements stream out of this personal being and spiral towards a spring day in the material world; the made for love is transformed. Deftly engaged in producing life, the explosive miracle takes place yet again. And that which now flourishes, a blessing for a short time, will soon die.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery