Every day we make decisions that shape our destiny. Think about it, when we look back at the last 10 years of our lives, we would probably see real TURNING POINTS. We have made life-changing, destiny-altering decisions; decisions that are so important that if we had made a completely different one, our lives would have been completely different. I have about a couple of that.
God Doesn’t Hate Us, If He Did He Wouldn’t Have Made Our Hearts So Brave
The title is from a movie I saw a year ago. The Feast of Love is a movie about the different facets of love, and answers real life questions about suffering and fear and hope.
The Best Things I’ve Learned About Raising Children
I don’t consider myself a parenting expert, but I have helped raise six kids (along with their mothers), and being a father has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. And while I’m not a perfect father, I think I’m pretty good at it. Mostly because I absolutely love it. Eva and … Continue reading The Best Things I’ve Learned About Raising Children
I have a friend who described himself as the “ultimate bachelor”–apathetic, swinging, selfish prick (his own words, not mine!). He got a girl pregnant at a young age. He told me how much he changed since their baby was born. Before that, he would only think about basketball shoes, and his car, and how he … Continue reading On Love
The One I Will Become Will Catch Me
“Let me fall, if I must fallThe one I will become will catch me.” Baal Shem Tov Transitions are quite shitty, messy affairs. The unknown is really scary. The familiar—even if it is death-dealing, even if we know it no longer fits us, even if we know we can no longer stomach it—is sometimes a … Continue reading The One I Will Become Will Catch Me
Prayer of the Prodigal Son
This was something I wrote just before I left the Jesuits. It’s a very special poem for me, not only because of the things I went through when I was writing the poem, but because in many ways, it is something that continues to be true for me today. We journey through life thinking that … Continue reading Prayer of the Prodigal Son
Many years ago, I was in a talk given by Fr. James Keenan, SJ, one of the premier moral theologians in the world. He recounted his experience of visiting the memorial inside the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau, in Germany. Like Auswitch, Dachau has come to symbolize the Nazi atrocities during the war. Around 70,000 … Continue reading Barbwires
If you do it right, the transformation of a woman into a bride or of a man into a groom can be a wondrous thing to behold. Even for just half a day, the couple are transfigured before our very eyes as they process to the altar like fairytale characters vowing to live happily ever after.