07 November 2014

Prayer for Pope Francis

In the conclave that began on 12 March 2013, I had two hopes for the future papacy. I hoped that our future pope would be very Marian and I hoped that he would be very Franciscan. Although I believed these hopes were important for a number of reasons, there were two reasons that were of particular importance as I believe much of all the others would flow from them. I hope for the solemn papal definition of the Fifth Marian Dogma of Our Lady as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of All Graces, and Advocate. I also hope for the canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus.

03 November 2014

God's Not Dead

What would you do, assuming you’re a Christian, if you enrolled in your first philosophy course as a freshman in college, and on the first day, your professor demands that you write “God is dead” on a piece of paper, sign your name, and hand it in? I know what I would do, particularly now that I’ve seen the movie God’s Not Dead. This is what I would write:

“Dead are all the Gods” (cf. Wisdom of Solomon 13:10)
— Russell Jonas Grigaitis, O.F.S.

01 November 2014

Humble Correction of the Pope

This is a letter I wrote to the pope over six years ago. Less than three years later, on the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, all the symptoms that facilitated me receiving the diagnoses of schizoaffective disorder went away. It was rather confusing and even disturbing, but in another three years, I began to understand why these symptoms developed in the first place and why they went away. (What happened to me should be the norm, but it's not in most "modern" societies.) Part of the journey in discovering this information involved flying to Toronto for the Psychosis 2.0 conference, which happened to be on June 13th, the third anniversary of all of my psychotic symptoms going away. (It also happened to be a Friday the 13th and a full moon.)

That Friday the 13th in June was also the day I started working on a new book. It is sort of a rewrite of my book Bricks & Barbwire, but it is so vastly different that it's actually a new book unto itself. The book Bricks & Barbwire was quite problematic as I had accepted the biogenetic models of psychopathology, which a growing body of unbiased (i.e. not funded by the pharmaceutical industry) research is discrediting.