Mother Mary

I remember a few years ago, driving at night down 280. It’s this freeway that runs north and south in the San Francisco Bay Area, winding through rolling hills of trees and meadows. I think I was probably heading home from the hospital my wife was staying at, both of us having only recently come […]

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Dear Past Me

(Pic: Pikul Noorod/Shutterstock.com) At around December of 2013, my wife was diagnosed with a serious mental illness. This was after having our third child in three years, and since then, right up till just maybe a few months ago, it’s been like a constant storm in my life, and in our family, but not without […]

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Here’s to Whatever Comes

Today, in our diocese, we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension. In other words, we celebrate the time in Christ’s life when, after Resurrecting, He spoke His parting words to His disciples and ascended up into the clouds, taken up into Heaven and away from their sight. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot more about […]

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A Good Day

Today was a good day. We try to have a sort of family catechism regularly and today was all about Adoration. I read a little booklet about this child who asks his mother what Adoration is and she explains, among other things, that sometimes, outside of the normal Mass hour, Catholics come to adore Christ present in […]

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A Healthy Distance

There are few books that I’ve returned to over and over again to help interpret life more than Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together.” Bonhoeffer the man was fascinating enough even without his profound insights into the Christian life: a resistant German theologian and pastor during the time of the Nazis, a spy, and a participator in […]

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Being God

In Scripture, we are constantly commanded not to make idols. I’ve always grown up understanding idols to be these tempting things in our lives that don’t deliver what they promise – like those “5 Gum” commercials that make you think that if you chew their product, it will feel like lying down in a sea […]

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