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January 26, 2015

Reflection for the Week- January 26th, 2015

The symbolic can be seen as that which evokes imaginative thought and carries meaning that reaches beyond one’s total comprehension. In a sense, the symbol transcends what can be known. The biblical text, for example, is full of symbols (God is a rock, etc). As an augmentation of reality, symbols carry the potential to expand the interpretative space and give rise to an outpouring of meaning. Therefore, symbols form the means to encode and promote explorative thought and thereby, open up a realm of creative possibilities for reflection. It is important to note that even though symbols have extensive meaning, they still operate within a given domain. Without these constraints, the symbol would be incomprehensible. What this means practically is that the interpretation and understanding of symbols revolves around their connections to realities in the living world. However, this measure of hermeneutical realism does not limit the reflective potency of the symbolic.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 19, 2015

Reflection for the Week- January 19th, 2015

Charity, grace, and love combined with a hunger for truth, should exemplify the lives of Christians. Today is the day that now more than ever calls for a growing and observable reciprocity between what we say and do. As empty lives, broken hearts, and shattered idols have accelerated dramatically in our times, a credible testimony to Christ becomes all the more important and essential to a world that is looking for hope in the midst of despair.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 12, 2015

Reflection for the Week- January 12th, 2015

A voluntary decentering of oneself is not an act of self-violence, but an appropriate response to God. Through this life long task and vocation, one affirms, and not negates, one’s creaturely and salvific status, which indeed is a high calling.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

January 05, 2015

Reflection for the Week- January 5th, 2015

In spite of the malfunction of ourselves and the world around us, most of us get used to “living” and even “loving” life. Because of the people, experiences, tastes, smells, light, and so forth that bring about a formidable plus for embrace – facing death can become an undesirable challenge.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery