Thomas McGreevy

Against the Current

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“A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”  G.K. Chesterton Since you are one of a kind and there has never been another person like you, change will be the natural effect of your life.  The status quo is the state of affairs that existed before you came along.  Since you are new, you will bring change.  We were created and placed on this earth to do just that.  “Fill the earth and subdue it, rule”… in other words, assert yourself in…read more

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The Good News

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Have you ever felt embarrassed for someone else?  It’s usually because they have been exposed or because they have failed to maintain that false dignity that we all hide behind.  Maybe they had too much to drink, or were singing at the top of their lungs in their car, or got laughing too hard and lost all composure.  The discomfort that we feel when we see that happen to someone else is telling.  I think it reminds us of the version of ourselves that we keep hidden just beneath the…read more

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Hungry? Take Action!

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Sometimes I am shocked at my appetite.  There are times when I just can’t seem to get enough of just about anything.  My desire to consume can be insatiable.  I’ll find myself overeating or going for another drink as if I’m feeding a ravenous monster.  Like any person trying to get control of some vice I’ll go through cycles of better control and then relapse.  People often talk about willpower when it comes to controlling your vices.  They are usually referring to a person’s ability to exercise control over their will.  If you’re…read more

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Get in the Ring

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the…read more

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Leave the Religious System Behind

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Why is it that so many people find religion irresistible?  How do we end up becoming so dependent on the system that we choose?  I think it has to do with how uncomfortable we are with the unknown.  Let’s consider the definition currently listed in the Wikipedia entry for “Religion”.                 “a collection of cultural systems, belief systems, and worldviews that establishes symbols that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values.”  (Clifford Geertz, Religion as a        Cultural System, 1973) What we seek is a system that will relate…read more

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Your Heart is Good

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We need to stop questioning and second guessing ourselves and begin living out of our hearts.  That is where our Lord dwells.  That is where we love and believe.  That is where we see things as they really are.  If you’re like me you spend a lot of time thinking and analyzing life in an attempt to determine how you might achieve good results in the future.  Jesus never called us to this sort of approach.  He called us to listen for his voice and to follow him.  Most of…read more

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The Open Sea is Calling

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Our absolute autonomy might be the scariest thing about life.  It’s one of the reasons we constrain ourselves with dogma and culture, so we don’t have to steer our ship in this world, so we don’t have to choose a direction and set out.  I remember visiting a local amusement park when I was a kid.  One of my favorite rides was called the Log Ride.  It was a kind of water roller coaster.  You sat in a small log-shaped boat and floated through a series of manmade water channels. …read more

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Kids Day

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When my siblings and I were young there was a question that we used to ask my parents on every mother’s day and every father’s day.  We used to ask, “when is kids day”.  My parents would always answer, “every day is kids day”.  Now that I am a parent I realize that they were right. I think God is going to say something like that to us some day… indicating that he has made every provision for our health and nourishment and exploration of the world.  Everything has been…read more

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