This was my journal entry during my holy hour a few months back. It has delayed publishing because I wanted to clean it up a little with the help of a few trusted friends to give advice on it. Some advice I took. Some I opted to go my own way. I should also point out that I wrote this about a man simply because it is a bit of self reflection, and (in case you didn’t know), I am a man. I didn’t want to use sexually neutral pronouns because the reflection was to follow a single person in life – even though there are some points where we watch a choice that has to happen, and we have no way to know which way our man chose to go. Continue reading “The story of a man”
I think you’re going to start seeing more of me.
I started this blog after I had begun to work on applying and attending seminary, but a few years before I finally applied and was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Nashville. At the beginning, it was a bit of a catharsis to deal with some challenges in my life at the time. I also thought it would be a fun hobby and keep me busy. Continue reading “A philosopher and a theologian walk into a bar”
This entry is a cross between a reflection, a rambling, and a eulogy. Take it for what it is. I debated how to go about this, and I’m going to do even less polishing than I usually do on this post. I just want to share what’s been going through my mind for the last week. Continue reading “William, my brother and my father”
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”
So I went to Mardi Gras. I was told that I had to attend at least one parade. Here are pictures from the Rex and Zulu parades. (Click Read more to see them) Continue reading “Mardi Gras”
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”
Well, I arrived at the seminary on Friday morning. I left Red Boiling Springs Thursday just before noon, and spent the night in a Motel 6 in Slidell, LA before driving the last half hour or so Friday morning. I had to spend the night so close just because I had to arrive at the seminary during business hours to get in. Now, though, I have a key, and I know my way around, so I can come and go as I please – although I don’t do much coming or going. Continue reading “Arrived and unpacked… mostly”
Well, I’m in the home stretch. I went through the Christmas season as a seminarian; I guess at a certain level, I don’t count as one until a few weeks from now when I’m actually registered at the seminary, but I’m going to go ahead and call myself that, anyway. Continue reading “New Year… New Decade… New Plans”