Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip

Over the years I have done a lot of writing. Some of my better articles are now available on this website. Just click on the "articles" link at the top of this page. These articles cover a wide variety of subjects including:

Abortion
A Department of Peace
How to Handle Criticism
Money
Listening
 

Love
Marriage
Fear
Priesthood
Worship

These articles are copyrighted, but you are free to duplicate them, email them, etc., for non-commercial purposes.  Some are suitable for classroom use.  Others are more appropriate for spiritual reading.  You may wish to discuss some of them around the dinner table.  The article, How to Handle Criticism, I recommend for everyone who is engaged in ministry in their parish.  I wish the Peace Interview would be acted out on national TV.  And as a Passionist, I hope everyone reads the first article, A Story About Us

 

 
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     If someone were to describe what you are like, you would most likely get a number of descriptions.  It would depend on their relationship to you.  A co-worker or classmate would describe you one way, a neighbor would give another description, and a family member would give a more personal would describe him one way.  Each would see you from their particular perspective.

     To know, love and serve God.  We are busy each day trying to serve; we hope we are growing in love.  But how well do we know God?  A lot depends on our particular perspective.

     For instance, a teacher or theologian might say,

     God is almighty, one and unique, infinite in nature, three distinct persons.   Jesus is God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in being with the Father.  All three persons are co-eternal and consubstantial, omniscient and omnipresent.

     Someone who reads the bible would assert that we have God the Father, Creator of our world; Jesus, the Son, who died on the cross to save us from our sins; And God, the Holy Spirit, sent to gift us with wisdom, courage, and love.

     More personal descriptions of God will come from people who recognize God from everyday life.

     A painter, architect, or a photographer might say, "Here is God, who designs the mountains and the meadows, the one who does rainbows and sunsets, trees and flowers, the source of all beauty and color and shape and form.  God the supreme artist."

     A scientist or an astronomer might say, "God is the Creator of this magnificent planet, -- the one who formed the earth and the sky, and the moon and the stars, who made atoms and molecules, elements and substances, electricity and gravity.  God is the supreme chemist and mathematician."

     A farmer would likely say, "God is the provider, who gives us the earth and sun and water, God who is the maker animals and vegetables, fruits and minerals, of so many things to feed and nourish us."

     A musical performer might say, "Here is God, the creator of sound and harmony, the source of melody and rhythm, and the one who gives us the ability to dance and sing.  God is the ultimate musician."

     A repentant sinner who has just received forgiveness for a serious sin would say, "My Lord is kind and merciful.  He has given me another chance."

     A little child description might observe, "God is the one who likes me and lets me play and watches over me."

     A teenage might observe, "God is someone who understands me, never gives up on me, and cheers me on."

     Parents might say, "God is the author of all life, who lets us share in the creation of new human life."

     A couple who are celebrating fifty years of marriage would tell us, "God is the source of our love, the One who has given us the power to love unconditionally and forever."

     Someone suffering pain and sorrow would know, "Jesus on the cross is the source of my strength and hope."

     A saint in heaven would tell us, "Here is God who wants me with him for all eternity."

     We reflect not only that God is Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.  We also recall that we are made in the image and likeness of God, with the mission to share in God's work.

     When we go about the work of parenting children, when we work to protect human life, grow crops, design and build and manufacture, fashion crafts, produce art, and care for the environment, we are sharing in the work of our Father and Creator.

     When we show compassion, help heal, forgive, sacrifice for the good of others, forgive, reach out to the homeless, seek out the lost, word for justice, we are sharing in the work of Jesus, our Redeemer.

     When we come up with creative ideas, positive inspirations, advances in knowledge, have flash of brilliance and imagination, when we speak with wisdom, act with courage, love all people, and work for peace, we are sharing in the work of the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier.

     Artists have given us many pictures of God. However, I have never seen a drawing, or picture, or stained glass image depicting God, either the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, or all three, singing.  Singing!  Yet, that is what we hear through the prophet Zephaniah (3:18).  "God will rejoice over you with gladness.  He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals."  God takes delight in his creation.  My guess is that God sings in three-part harmony.

     Let us remember how close God is to us.  Let us imagine ourselves singing along with God, -- that makes four-part harmony - singing as one sings at festivals.  And may our singing be a sign that our minds and hearts in tune with God.

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