The Difficulty & Simplicity of Being A Wise Man


It is the most simple yet the most complex event in history. It started when God created man. God loved (and loves) man infinitely and imbued him with ineradicable dignity. Standards would be set and laws made that would structure and serve to guarantee the integrity of God's most extraordinary creation. But, alas, man sinned and soiled his relationship with God and would never be able to achieve reconciliation with his Creator through his own means. As such, God would do the unthinkable. Rather … [Read more...]

A Season of Joy, A Season of Suffering


 Joy. We are about to enter a Season of Joy known as Christmastide. Advent has warmed our hearts with eager anticipation. Now, the birth of Emmanuel, "God With Us", is nigh. The insatiable hunger of generations of prophets and peoples is about to be fulfilled in the form of a precious and trembling baby boy resting in a feed trough. It is an entry into History with such a poignancy that it irrefutably proves that our God is a poet. A sweet, sweet Poet. And yet, something is not quite … [Read more...]

The Indispensability of Fairy Tales

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And so she fell asleep...and had dreams. Wonderful dreams. Clara had spent a magical Christmas Eve with family and friends. But perhaps most marvelous were the games played and stories woven by her godfather Drosselmeyer. His games delighted Clara, but  his tale of the toy, oh the toy - the gallant Nutcracker. The tale insinuated itself into young Clara's mind so as to bring her sweet dreams to life: a toy-become-man, a dazzling sugar-plum fairy, a land of sweets, a nefarious Mouse King with his … [Read more...]

The Most Beautiful Thing I Saw at the Nutcracker


"Which do you like, Dad, the boots or the shoes?" My six year-old posed a fashion query to me. A cute black dress with leggings and a purple cardigan sweater begged for the right footwear. I was the closest (in distance) authority on the issue. I looked at my scuffed slip-on dress shoes, thought strategically and asked, "Which do you like? They're both beautiful." Kindly, and with a wearying indulgence, she asked me again as it made "no difference" to her. I gambled on shoes. She wore the … [Read more...]

Almsgiving & Pope Francis – The Person of the Year

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"Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives.”  - St. Bernard of ClairvauxAnd so Time Magazine has spoken. Pope Francis is the 2013 "Person of the Year". Years ago, when I had an insatiable appetite for the news, I would gleefully snatch up each year's iconic anointment of the man (or woman) who earned the hallowed title of "Person of the Year". Presidents, despots, innovators, and iconoclasts have merited the accolade. However, Time Magazine has become increasingly i … [Read more...]

God’s Call: Of Golden Strings & Fisherman’s Lines


"Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.”  - Thomas MertonIt was the morning of the Rite of Election, a special step of affirmation in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). And I was eager. After all, I was one of five candidates for conversion to the Catholic Faith being warmly sent from my parish ch … [Read more...]