Today's Wisdom

Those who do not pass from the experience of the cross to the truth of the resurrection condemn themselves to despair! For we cannot encounter God without first crucifying our narrow notions of a god who reflects only our own understanding of omnipotence and power
Pope Francis

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas - When God fulfilled His Desire to be with Humanity

Christmas is the feast and memory of humanity - It is when God fulfilled His Desire to be with humanity in the incarnation of His Word. In St. John the Apostle "Whoever is without love does not know God; for God is love" (1 John 4:8); and "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1: 1). In Christmas, the feast of humanity, the God of Christians revealed the fulfillment of His Desire to be with humanity.In the cave where Jesus was born, Man in "Plato's cave" was liberated. Or Man was restored to the life in God according to St. Athanasius of Alexandria (De incarnatione Verbi Dei).
Seen from the universe (or multiverses), all galaxies and planets are the work of Christ as they move away from each other, but are still kept in attraction according to quantum fluctuations since the Big Bang. Electrons and subparticles show such effect when they communicate at many miles away from each other. One of the two scientific theories that attempt to unify everything is the  Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG). John Polkinghorne, retired professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge University, wrote, in one of his latest books: Quantum Physics and Theology in 2008, about relationship as science is attempting to discover it at the subnuclear level: “Quantum theory brought to light a remarkable form of entanglement between subatomic particles that have once interacted with each other (the so-called EPR effect), which implies that they remain effectively a single system however far they may subsequently separate spatially- a counterintuitive togetherness-in-separation that has been abundantly confirmed experimentally as a property of nature. The physical world looks more and more like a universe that would be the fitting creation of the trinitarian God, the One whose deepest reality is relational.” (Cf. John Polkinghorne, 2008, "Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship" Published by Yale University Press). Dr. Stephen Barr has written extensively on the relationship of quantum physics and theology (See, for example, his article in First Things here).

Regardless of advances in technology, Christ is the Lord of the entire existing things!
In Christmas, the feast of humanity, the God of Christians revealed the fulfillment of His Desire to be with humanity. 
In his Epistle to the Philippians, St. Paul describes Christ "Though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped, [but] rather emptied himself taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness..."(Philippians 2: 6-7). 

It is, therefore, fitting that we praise the God of Christians, Three Persons in One, as He reveals Himself throughout the ages to His creation. It was the Virgin Mary who delivered him to the world. It was St. Joseph who cared for Jesus Christ.
In this sense too, the Holy Family is celebrated in Christmas. May the Lord help his seekers find Him by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Beginning of the End ?

The richness of Man is his inner heart which may bring him to God. In Matthew 6, Jesus says: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6: 21).
In September The United States and North Korea threatened each other with annihilation when North Korea tested a range of long-range missiles that fell over Japan. The corrupt Communist regime in North Korea continues to provide weapons and technical assistance to Iran and countries in the Middle East, and Africa according to Bruce Bechtol; professor of security studies at Angelo State University while the United States air force has been carrying out joint-drills with South Korea's near North Korea according to New York Times.
In November, Catholic News Agency published a report that Fr. Thomas Weinandy, a member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission, has resigned his position as a consultant to the U.S. College of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine following the publication of a letter to Pope Francis in which he asked the Pope to correct "the chronic confusion" of his pontificate "which fosters within the faithful a growing unease..." In the letter, Fr. Weinandy complains in the letter that Pope Francis "diminished the importance of doctrine in the Church's life, appointed bishops who teach and act in harmful ways, fostered a culture of fear among bishops, The full article can be read here. This is not the first protest that the first Jesuit pope received. It is well known that traditionalists (among them the so-called Dubia) backed many faithful who had already found his authoritative exhortations to be vague...Pope Francis was particularly criticized for inviting Muslims to increase in Europe thus increasingly adding to the vulnerability of the Christian presence in Europe...The Pope does not seem to recognize the Christian role in the foundation of Europe as we know it today. Above all, says the Jesuit scholar Fr. Henri Boulad, while Muslims in Western Europe preach their religion uninterrupted, Christians seem to be marginalized by the State for the so-called Islamophobia.
Persecution of Christians continues in Islamic countries in spite of declaring war on Islamic terrorism..In Egypt, where its president al-Sisi attempts to reconcile Muslims and Christians, al-Azhar was able to prosecute anyone who questions its "dogmatic" Islamic Sharia!
But in the first few days of December 2017, the president of the United States declared that he intends to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. His show-off act has triggered condemnations from the entire Islamic world, and more-over opposition from the EU, Russia,China, and most of America's allies. Another insight is Trump's decision to allow Israel upon unifying Jerusalem under Israel's sole statehood to effectively build the Third Temple. The Second Temple was destroyed by Titus in the year 70 AD. Is it yet the beginning of the end??

Is it yet the beginning of the end:The Anti-Christ? The Divisions in the world nuclear-threats and within the Church? Or is it the Second Coming of Christ, which according to Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. the "Cosmic Christ"?

Regardless of which country threatens another, who divides, and who fights who, let Christians pray for hope and peace that come from Christ and remain with us by the power of His Spirit. In these days our hearts need the hope and peace of Christ "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."said Christ (Matthew 6: 21).

Friday, November 17, 2017

Artificial Intelligence

The advances in robotics are related to the advances in quantum computers that work fast and both are related to advances in Artificial Intelligence.
The search engine in Google uses a form of artificial intelligence that allows readers to search the Internet for any combination of words and pictures.Scientists are learning to predict psychosis years in advance. Now they want to prevent it. Read the PDF file here... Two years ago FP published an article on how advances in neural technology can help erase traumatic memory but also use the brain as a weapon (Sign up for the free website and read the article here).   On November 10, IBM announced  its first quantum process system -  its "20 qubit IBM Q Commercial Quantum Computer." Microsoft is working on its "quantum computer" to be released shortly. Artificial Intelligence is also used for marketing of Amazon.com products online...If you look for a book/item on Amazon.com, the next time you open the Amazon.com page, you will notice that it displays a set of books/items that you would be interested in buying. More info about the benefits and risks of using artificial intelligence can be found here.
Movies that show futuristic-machines usually give the impression that humanity may one day be enslaved to artificially-intelligent computers. The use of such automated systems by military forces is already found in missiles owned/used by current armies in battles. However, the human mind is still in control. International treaties are signed to protect humanity from the calamities of going to war with the threat of using advanced technology as weapons! But the question  is urgent now about humans becoming slaves to artificial intelligent machines in the near future!



Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Quantum Universe!


So many developments have taken place since I last wrote my article "The Quantum Synthesis" in October 2013 about quantum physics...Please read  mine here:
http://todayquestions.blogspot.ca/2013/10/the-quantum-sign-of-life.html And Stephen Barr's here:
https://www.firstthings.com/article/2007/03/faith-and-quantum-theory

Here are some newly found facts about the reality of quantum physics since the Big Bang (from the most recent to the older):

At the writing of this article, physicists all over the world are looking for a theory that unifies all fields of inquiry (A Unified Grand Theory). Two theories are competing: String Theory (Point-like particles are replaced with one-dimensional objects called strings that propagate through space and interact with each other) and Loop Quantum Gravity (LQG).  LQG begins with Einstein's Theory of General Relativity (which predicts Gravitational Waves - See Nobel Prizes below) and attempts to add quantum features.


In October 2017, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss (MIT), Barry Barish (Caltech), and Kip Thorne (Caltech) for their contributions in the LIGO detector that confirmed Einstein's Theory of General Relativity re space-time curvature and the existence of quantum gravitational waves that go back to the Big Bang (see here).


In 2016, NASA and Google confirmed that they have been working on a quantum computer model (see here and here too). In 2016 too Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau gave a little lecture to students to encourage them to work on this advanced technology (see here).


In 2015,  Leo Kouwenhoven at TU Delft in Amsterdam, the Netherlands gave a talk in which he showed how nature itself works through quantum processes...As an example, a plant leaf takes the light of the Sun and, through quantum superposition, electrons find a way to efficiently bind to the oxygen molecule thus they together produce oxygen that is necessary for human life...Professor Kouwenhoven was speaking about building quantum computers already made in the lab (see here)...


I personally think that it is possible that the Father has been active in the entire cosmos through His Word and by the power of His Spirit. The Triune God of Christians created the entire existing cosmos or multiverses to reflect the eternal joy of self-giving from the Father to the Son and the Son to the Father bound by the love of the Holy Spirit. Thus the quantum effect in the cosmos continues to be explored in galaxies far away as much as in the sub-atomic particles. 


Some background:


Quantum Physics and Theology:


Quantum Entanglement (Article in 2017 here): In 1982, Alain Aspect and his team were able to experimentally prove that two photons emitted from the same atom will still be in contact tens of miles away... The reader may wish to listen to his lecture here.

John Polkinghorne, retired professor of mathematical physics at Cambridge University, wrote, in one of his latest books: Quantum Physics and Theology in 2008, about relationship as science is attempting to discover it at the subnuclear level: “Quantum theory brought to light a remarkable form of entanglement between subatomic particles that have once interacted with each other (the so-called EPR effect), which implies that they remain effectively a single system however far they may subsequently separate spatially- a counterintuitive togetherness-in-separation that has been abundantly confirmed experimentally as a property of nature. The physical world looks more and more like a universe that would be the fitting creation of the trinitarian God, the One whose deepest reality is relational.” (Cf. John Polkinghorne, 2008, "Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship" Published by Yale University Press). Dr. Stephen Barr has written extensively on the relationship of quantum physics and theology (See, for example, his article in First Things here).
The above findings support the 2 most important observations in quantum physics:
1. The probabilistic nature of particles which yields the Uncertainty Principle
2. The communication between particles at long distances (quantum entanglement)
From 2 above, everything must be in a relationship to live. In Christianity God is a relatedness or a relationship of selfless love. It is our belief that God the Father being love (1 John 4: 8) abandons the fullness of divinity and gives all he has to his image the Son (John 10:30; Col 1: 15-19; Phil 2: 6-11 ) who in turn returns this  love in the Holy Spirit who is the binding love of Father and Son (John 15). The concept that God is relatedness or relational is found not only in Holy Scriptures but also in doctors of the Church including St. Thomas Aquinas and, in our days,  Joseph Ratzinger (Bishop of Rome Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI). 
If this is true, then we can say that the cosmos is signed by the stamp of the Triune God of Christians. 
From 1, we all live in a cosmos still  in development. Certainty is achieved beyond this life when we are in the togetherness of the family of the kingdom of God.  

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Gifted Jesuit Henri Boulad

For so many years, Fr. Henri Boulad, S.J. , who turns 87 this year, has been speaking and writing about Christ and Christianity with a focus on the goodness of things created by the God of love. In his book "All is Grace" as well as many other books in French and Arabic, the Jesuit scholar has followed The Exercises of the founder of his order: Saint Ignatius of Loyola in which any action is measured according to the goodness it carries forward in a world of rivalry. Boulad's conferences and retreats focus on the hard questions of life such as the mystery of existence; human hope; a response to false predestination claimed by certain ideologies; and goodness of life. The humanist approach of Fr. Boulad can be linked to humanist saints such as St. Francis of Assisi; St. Thomas More; and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. 
Fr.  Boulad is gifted too with the ability to paint pictures showing a high level of imagination. This is clear in his book "Jesus yesterday and tomorrow" written in the 1990s.  Fr. Boulad will be visiting Toronto on Saturday October 28th. He will celebrate the 5:30 pm Mass at Transfiguration of Our Lord parish in Etobicoke followed by an authentic Middle Eastern dinner in the parish hall where he  will be joined by Cardinal Thomas Collins and many other bishops, priests, as well as hundreds of lay persons. For people in the Greater Toronto Area who wish to take part in the event, visit boulad.eventbrite.ca.

Today's Quote

"Behold I make all things new." (Revelation 21:5)







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