Designed for Success (035) BONUS!

Good Day Everyone!

Today’s BONUS SUCCESS quote from Rev. William Boetcker.  Rev. Boetcker reminds all of us that the opposite of passion (see Success Quote 032) is apathy.  He despised apathy so much that he called it a National Crime.  Apathetic people are disengaged, disinterested, and dis-passionate.  Positive, forward thinking, leaders are always interested, and always looking forward.  He/She engages  followers and is always working toward effective solutions to the problems that inhibit all of us from achieving success.   Let’s all learn and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!


Are Faith and Reason Incompatible?

Since my conversion to Catholicism, and return to the Church, I expected that some would view my personal and faith-based life changes as positive (and most do), but what I was not prepared for, was the extreme negativity of some of my peers in the environmental fields.  It seems that every time I disagree with a particular notion about climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability, conservation, or resource management, I am somehow “turning my back on science.”  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.  I have spent my entire adult life embracing mathematics, physics, geology, hydrogeology, meteorology, biology, paleontology, and a whole host of other fields that end with “ology” in my quest to design and develop neighborhoods and communities that embrace and can be sustained within the natural world.

So, when I started being attacked for my renewed faith, and specifically for becoming a Catholic, I found it odd because I never before believed there was a schism between the church and science.  Aren’t both religion and science searching for the truth of our existence? After all, doesn’t everyone know that  a HUGE number of scientific advancements were made by Catholics in their quest to fulfill God’s commandment to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28).  In order to fulfill this commandment, we must understand the science behind God’s works.

Because I am the curious sort, I wanted to take a moment to see if my memory was correct about some of the great scientists and philosophers and their professed faith.  Of course, the great Catholic scientists such as Alios Alzheimer, Claude Bernard, Louis Braille, Rene Descartes, Enrico Fermi, Galileo Galilei, and Guglielmo Marconi came up immediately.  But I was amazed that the list I found of Catholic Scientists, their works, findings, and breakthroughs went on and on. many were Nobel Prize winners. List of Catholic Lay Scientists

So, once again it appears that the division between faith and reason is not quite as sharp as liberal progressivism would have it appear.  For myself, as I continue to work to resolve some of the incompatibilities between the natural, built, and human environment, I will rely on both faith, and reason, to guide my hand.

This post inspired by “The Clergy Behind Science as We Know It” by Jennifer Powell McNutt.

Recognizing Jerusalem

Jerusalem 1As a practicing Catholic, I recognize the importance of Jerusalem, not just to the Jewish People, but to Christians, and Muslims as well.  However, since the time that Moses wandered in the wilderness (approximately 5000 years ago) to today, Jerusalem has been the spiritual and political home of the Jewish People.  It is time that the people of the United States recognize Israel’s right to control her native lands, including the City of Jerusalem, and celebrate the importance of this ancient city.  #StandWithIsrael  Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital – Daily Caller