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Today is my wife's birthday.  I am grateful that she agreed to marry me.  I am grateful that she is a wonderful mother to our three boys.  I am grateful that she has stuck with me during the bad times.  I am truly grateful for her love. Even though it is a day for her … Continue reading The Journal

Parenting as a Vocation

 It is not our job to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. – L.R. Knost The moment my oldest son was born is etched in my memory.  As I saw him enter this world and … Continue reading Parenting as a Vocation

Cleaning Out

I have been in a bit of a funk lately. I am not sure of the exact cause, but it may have to do with a bad case of poison ivy that I got while doing some work in the woods. Constant itching and lack of sleep doesn't put one in a chipper mood. The … Continue reading Cleaning Out

Be Aware

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I don't know the source of this message, but I know that it is important.  We must be constantly aware of how we are … Continue reading Be Aware

Be Still and Know

One of my favorite messages from the Bible is Psalm 46:10 "Be Still and Know that I am God." In the past, I had a problem with the last part of this. The "God" part. This is because religion, especially fear mongering fundamentalist Christianity, which has created an image of a God that will throw … Continue reading Be Still and Know

Water

One of the many pleasures of being a father is attending morning Mass with by boys at their school.  Each one has Mass on a different day, so I have a chance to have special time with each of them individually.  I am grateful that I have a schedule that allows me to do this … Continue reading Water

Transform It, Don’t Transmit It

A remarkable thing happened on our family's Spring Break vacation.  We skied the slopes of Breckenridge.  Our boys got autographs of some players of the Denver Nuggets and an autograph from Isiah Thomas (of the Bad Boys, not the Nugs).  We watched an amazing game with a last second shot by the Nuggets to win.  … Continue reading Transform It, Don’t Transmit It