It seems worthwhile to spend a few minutes to look back on my year. 2015 was interesting and had some great news and events and some very sad occurrences. Continue reading “Two thousand and fifteen A year in review“
Archbishop Hughes visited me while I was injured and in bed on two occasions. On each visit, he offered some advice that stuck in my head:
It is important that we never waste suffering.
You have been given a gift to participate in the sufferings of Christ and the Paschal Mystery. Those mysteries that we enter into symbolically in the Triduum, you are actually experiencing.
I was doing so well.
I was running and training and trying to be healthy several times a week.
I ran my first 5K.
I was getting healthy.
I was facing down my demons from life and growing to know, accept, and love myself.
Then, as Lent wound to a close, some of the greatest trials you can imagine came to challenge me.
A friend shut me out of their life.
I bent down wrong and threw my back out.
Things began to unravel.
Why today? Why now? Continue reading “Never waste suffering – Part I: The narrative”
Photography disclaimer: All of these pictures were taken with the iPhone. I never got around to getting out my camera while we visited. I will remedy that on a future visit. Continue reading “Road trip to the Community of Saint John”
The following was written as an assignment for my Supervised Pastoral Ministry class. Continue reading “Chess or One Night in Bangkok”
This topic started kicking around my head as I prayed the office of readings before Mass today. It’s been kicking around all day, and I realized that it is one that has really been in me for years. Continue reading ““Late have I loved you” or “What’s in a name?””
To my reader(s), I’m sorry there’s been no posting action on here for a little while. I have been occupied with other responsibilities. Since that’s the case, this post is going to be a wee bit of stream of consciousness of seminary life for the last few weeks or months. Continue reading “Hodge Podge”
Well, I went on a retreat last week. It was a different retreat than I’ve ever been on before. This was a preached retreat, but, other than the preaching itself (and Mass, Office, etc), the retreat was in silence. So I was basically in silence from Tuesday evening until Saturday night. That was a challenge at many points, but it was also illuminating. It proved a wonderful transition into the deeper spiritual life of the seminary. In this post, I want to share some of my thoughts and a few excerpts from my journal on the retreat. It may be a bit disjointed. I’m not sure there’s an elegant way to weave all of them together without wasting piles of space trying to artificially link things together. Continue reading “My first retreat as a seminarian”