"As tension cannot occur without the chain, so can temptation not be felt without desire." https://youtu.be/Ni75-fCcL6w The fettered man What is temptation? Imagine a man wakes up and finds himself chained to a wall by invisible steel fetters. But who, making no effort to leave the wall, hardly notices the chains and thus cannot experience … Continue reading Food for Thought: What is the role of desires in temptation?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwIvEyXLkSA For a long time, the prodigal son was eating the husks that the swine refused. Persecuted by want that the husks never seemed to satisfy, he suddenly remembered his Father’s House. A fervent yearning arose within to journey there, and thus humbly petition his Father for forgiveness of his transgressions, so he might … Continue reading Food for Thought: Temptations of the prodigal son (with audio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfNIXIsDmc0 ~Ikenna Q. Ezealah
Question: What does this mean? “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Does it mean that anything you ask God for, He will give to you? And the knocking part, is He referring to The Kingdom of Heaven opening to you while … Continue reading Q & A: What does this mean? “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
As educators, to make school relevant, we need to practically connect every subject to the daily lives of students. I once substituted for a AP Physics class. Physics is a science dealing with energy, force, motion, and matter. I asked, "what are emotions?" After different responses, I explained that the etymology of the word emotions … Continue reading The physics class: thoughts and emotions
Have you noticed? No matter how great the goal is that we strive for, once we achieve it there is an initial feeling of euphoria. Soon after, this feeling starts fading and slowly gives way to a sensation of emptiness. The sheen of the recent success quickly loses its luster, and we are urged from … Continue reading The law of movement
No matter how many inspirational books or posts we read, we do not have the knowledge itself. Only information can be learned and transferred, not knowledge. The latter must be experienced. Information becomes knowledge only when it is mastered through action. Only when we apply something, see it in our life, and we are able … Continue reading The road to knowledge
One day, an experience in school prompted my son to ask me the following I had never really considered: "why do we have to remove our hats when we pray?" In other words, why is it respectful to remove our hats during prayer? I thought about this for a moment then responded: "What is the … Continue reading Why do we have to remove our hats during prayer?
Some statements sound reasonable only when their assumptions are not examined closely. Take the following that is typically used to assert a position in connection with existential matters: “Only what I can see exists!" In the first place, we must be clear the eyes do not see, nor do the ears hear! How? The eyes … Continue reading “Only what I can see exists!”
We have become accustomed to using words loosely, without reflecting on what they actually mean. One of these words is the concept of "sacrifice". No human being, no matter how great the act, can ever truly sacrifice! What do I mean by this? Someone sharply criticizes you, provoking an inner struggle; You resist lashing out, … Continue reading It is impossible for a human being to sacrifice