All in Passages

Passages: Karl Marx

While I agree that our environment can (and sometimes does) influence our behaviors (e.g., our workplace) I do believe that at the very core of what it means to be human is the notion of free-will and our ability to change the circumstances we find ourselves in regardless of the social, political, and economic influences around us. Those three factors can slow down or speed up the actions we take to fulfill our own beliefs, goals, and dreams. But in no way should those outside forces force what we as humans should hold as beliefs and aspirations.

Passages: St. Augustine

Over the past 8 months, I've reflected quite a bit on my relationship with God, why I walked away from my faith 18 years ago, and why every day I tried to push the call to a priestly vocation to the back of my head. One of the answers that continues to present itself is that I wasn't willing to let God into my heart entirely and love Him unconditionally.