That word signifies a law of the universe — the tendency of all things to decompose, to fall apart, to decay. Eventually, of course, it means the end of the universe itself. We get a glimpse of it in the fall (this is not just physics, it’s biology as well) amid the splendor of the dying maple leaves. It poses a question.

That question was articulated by Leonard Mlodinow, the physicist and screenwriter: “…if the natural tendency of the universe is disorder, then where does the order of life come from?” Einstein loved simple answers to complicated questions, and this one comes from a seven-year-old — “Isn’t God the author of life?” He designed life’s questions to be understandable to the simple. Why not everybody?

Sometimes when we consider the complexities of life, we wonder, what can the uneducated make of it? That may be why Einstein looked for the simplest answer.

Summer Jaunt

One past summer I spent with my wife and youngest son in the Swiss Alps.  After many years of cohabitation, the Swiss have made these wild environs easily accessible through cog-wheel railways and foot paths.  They are a God-given gift for those yearning to touch the face of God.

To gaze across the terrain of two glaciers, past the wild flowers nuzzled by grazing summer cows and goats, and behold the distant massifs is really to be in another world.  Now I know who created the rock-strewn rings of Saturn.

There are many rock-strewn thoughts in my life, so I like the setting.  Blessed be God and His ways.

A Game’s a Game

Notre Dame had a difficult first game of the season last night.  They scored their one goal on the improvisation of the running back when he saw the pile up at his designated opening and just decided to sail over it.  The new coach, Marcus ____? had a time of it with players lining up in askew formations.  I wonder how Brian Kelly will do in his first Louisiana State game.

As the veteran player says, “It’s in the hands of the Lord.”  There are many cases were the Lord’s influence shows by chance, and a game’s a game unless it’s fixed.  Most teams stay away from fixing nowadays.

I still remember my high school basketball days when I relied on a prayer.  I refused to wear glasses, and myopia affected my accuracy.                                                                      

To Do the Impossible

We have had many climate changes on this globe, and some have caused extinctions.  Let’s hope this one doesn’t cause ours.  To get enough nations interested in the reduction of carbon dioxide to make an impact seems an insurmountable problem, but then, we’ve done that before in biblical times.  I mean, rally all the people to a cause.

That seems more difficult nowadays — many more languages, cultures, ethics.  But let’s try, possibly with divine help.  Isn’t that the help that always pulls us through?  How many people will admit that?

Afterlife Justice

Loretta has a cell phone on which I can never reach her because the mail box is always full.  The phone automatically switches to the mailbox.   Talk about mismanaged systems.  I think that company deserves a complaint.

As we go through life there are many corporate errors like that, and nobody seems to do anything about them.  Or are the Jeff Bezos people concerned with themselves?  Sure, I’m just using him as a symbol of corporate heads.

There is justice somewhere, otherwise where would we get the idea?  If only in the afterlife, there is justice somewhere.


To me reality is what I’ve learned through my study of physics, and that includes metaphysics.  The prefix meta- means beyond.  I’ve seen enough of Quantum physics to know where it goes, and where it comes from.  We know enough about probability to figure in the non-material, and to reckon with that.

There is the photon, the element of light which contradicts itself by acting like a particle and a wave.  We know of only one universe where that exists, and there is your non-material blatantly advertised.  You don’t have to doubt it when it shows up in an apparition of the only human being who recently made it to heaven.

She was all human, not half divine, and she was the mother of the Savior.  We do not make a goddess out of her, but she was close to God.  Stay with her.