Introduction

For decades, I had unshakable faith. But when others with unshakable faith flew planes into buildings full of people on 9/11, I began to doubt my certainty. As the years passed and my Catholic worldview began to crack and crumble, I agonized, waiting for my unfailing belief to return. Then Mother Teresa’s letters were published in 2007, revealing that she doubted for the last forty years of her life, and I had to accept the possibility of such a fate. With fideism forever precluded from possible paths forward by those jihadist jets, I began to sift through the rubble of my worldview to see what remained.

Minute Meditations for the Postmodern Pilgrim emerges from this experience. While they are informed by a Christian anthropology, they embrace an existential eschatology that does not assume the existence of God, the divinity of Jesus, or even life after death. If you long to cross over the threshold of everyday life to plumb the depths of your existence, but if you are uncertain, skeptical, atheist, or too angry, wounded, or uninspired by institutional or dogmatic religion to submerge yourself in the spirituality of an existing religious frameworks, perhaps these little meditations will be of some use to you.

While these meditations owe their greatest debt to Jesus—that great master of being I would still follow to the ends of the earth—they also owe a great debt to all who have contributed to the ongoing human conversation, especially those who have labored in the fields of philosophy and psychology and the many religions of the world to bring greater enlightenment and peace to the human soul. If you are familiar with the Christian scriptures you will pick up on my use of them. Rest assured, this is not a covert proselytization project. I use them because it is the idiom in which I am steeped and because they contain great beauty and truth as pertains to our human existence.

Thank you for visiting Minute Meditations for the Postmodern Pilgrim. May you find the peace and joy you seek, and may you be a blessing to all you meet.

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