May 28, 2023

My son Christopher’s catastrophic brain injury over two years ago left a giant size hole in my family’s collective heart. It’s really hard to patch it up when various ordeals keep tearing away the scab and create an open wound. But it is this very hole through which the Holy Spirit can flow to bring healing and anointing in various ways. On Pentecost Sunday, I call to mind the “Holy Ghost Hole” found in medieval church architecture. You can find... Read more

May 21, 2023

In this post, I reflect upon the importance of secure attachment and how it provides the necessary relational and spiritual nutrition for one’s life. I will define the psychological concept of secure attachment shortly. But I want to begin with a short account of what got me to thinking about this theme over the weekend. Later, I will account for the biblical emphasis on secure attachment that God’s love provides. This past Friday morning, I received a call from my... Read more

May 13, 2023

What do you get when you mix Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” with a trip down memory lane on the Pali Highway (Hawaii Route 61) in Oahu? This blog post, which is about accompanying my son on his journey with TBI. Let me explain. Pastor Jim Sequeira visited my son Christopher in his adult care facility on Thursday this week. As you may recall, Jim is from Hawaii and brings his ukulele to play for Christopher. Christopher loves Hawaii and... Read more

May 9, 2023

On any given day, each of us experiences a wide range of motion and quite possibly a wide range of emotion. Our daily routines and rotations can also speed up and slow down. Life can appear erratic in view of the various changes. It’s kind of like the earth’s rotation. This post is about navigating, coping, and finding hope amid all life’s changes, as the world turns. According to an article in Astronomy, “Earth’s rotation is erratic, with intermittent periods... Read more

May 7, 2023

Life can always be better. It could always be worse. At least that’s what I think. How do we approach life in view of these scenarios? One of the keys to living well and remaining sane amid trials and tribulations is remaining grateful for life and being thankful for any signs of goodness amid the struggles. That’s what this post is all about. As the classic saying and song go, always look on the bright side of life. It’s good... Read more

April 30, 2023

We need to maximize human flourishing and minimize human suffering. So says distinguished medical ethicist, Robert Lyman Potter (M.D., Ph.D.), who has served as my family’s medical consultant since my adult son Christopher endured a catastrophic brain injury in January 2021. This post is about the need to maximize human flourishing and minimize needless suffering in various areas of life, while welcoming successful failures that lead to growth. Special consideration will be given to recovery from traumatic brain injuries and... Read more

April 23, 2023

My family’s journey with TBI parallels my life of faith. So many ups and downs. So much time waiting. The initialism TBI (traumatic brain injury) could easily be confused with TBA (to be announced) and TBD (to be determined). Every day we wait in hope and love that Christopher will make some measure of progress, no matter how small. Some days Christopher responds. Other days he doesn’t, or at least not in a way that I can discern. But like... Read more

April 22, 2023

Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet pondered the fundamental existential question of whether to live or die: “To be or not to be? That is the question.” One might think of whether to live or cease to live as a Christian in the following way: “To capitulate or recapitulate? That is the question.” This post reflects upon the Christian doctrine of recapitulation and its import for the Christian life. I asked my theology students to recall our treatment of the Christian doctrine of... Read more

April 20, 2023

If Hell is other people, what is Heaven? Here I riff on a statement taken from Jean Paul Sartre’s play “No Exit” to reflect not only upon Hell, but also upon Heaven. Jean Paul Sarte’s play “No Exit” is about three individuals trapped forever in Hell. They are confined to a room that is locked from the outside. They cannot close their eyes or escape one another’s apprehension and judgment. One of the characters laments at one point, “Hell Is... Read more

April 16, 2023

Today is known as “Divine Mercy Sunday” in the Roman Catholic calendar and is associated with Faustina Kowalska (later known as St. Faustina). She was a Polish girl of limited education and humble means. She lived and died during the Great Depression (1938) and marveled at God’s mercy for all people, especially those who are spiritually destitute. Now depending on how you look at life, Friday and Saturday leading up to today also displayed divine mercies. The awareness of divine... Read more

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