Well, here is my blog... So why a blog? Well, for years I have kept many journals - they have allowed me to get my feelings out, and helped me remember important events in my life. My handwriting, however, is deteriorating rapidly and very soon no one - including me - will be able to decipher what I wrote - which kind of defeats the purpose of a journal. So, I figure, this blog version of my journal will help.
I will write about personal stories of my life, what I have learned about my faith, my parish and the teens I serve and much more.
Some of my blog entries are written for the teens I serve, some are written for my fellow Youth Ministers, and some are written just because it is what I am feeling or thinking about - I guess anyone can relate to those...
I write pretty often so check back occassionally and see what I am pondering at the moment! If you would like to leave a comment, please feel free to do so! I will see you on the "road of life!"
MBSJC Youth Minister
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Have you ever sat in a waiting room? It doesn’t matter what sort of waiting room it is.
A waiting room for a doctors office.
A waiting room for a principles office.
A waiting room for a job interview.
A waiting room for a lawyers office.
All of these waiting rooms bring one thing.
Anxiety as to what is on the other side of that ...
2002 - were you really 11 years ago? Watch this video and you will feel old...
These two videos asks a pretty blunt and simple questions - watch it and ponder, "What would you trade?"
What's your reaction to Tyler Oakley's description of Christianity?
Did you find it funny? Accurate? Misleading?
What would you say to Tyler about his video and his interpretation?
If this was someone's first intro to Christianity, what sort of picture do you think they'd have?
I have been a Youth Minister for 26 years now. In that time I have seen good and bad relationships between parents and their teens. Kids will sometimes share with me what they LIKE about their parents or what they do. So I made a list of some parenting tips based on what the teens have told me. Enjoy!
Parenting teens can be a...
Judging by the amount of shares, clicks, and likes, I was not the only person who teared up while watching the newest ad from Dove, called "Real Beauty Sketches." I couldn’t believe it as it was happening, as I was already biased against feeling anything - I have longed trained myself to laugh at what the ...
This video is beautiful and haunting at the same time...
When I was a kid,
I used to think that pork chops and karate chops
were the same thing.
I thought they were both pork chops.
And because my grandmother thought it was cute
and because they were my favorite
she let me keep doing it.
Not really a big deal.
before I realized fat kids are
Today I met Jesus. He was behind the counter making my quesadilla for lunch.
He told me the guacamole and bacon cost extra and smiled when I asked if additional sides of sour cream and salsa were extra, too. “No,” he said, smiling. He was ringing me up when I asked, &...
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy….” John 10:10
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the ...
“So God created human beings in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) God has made each of us beautiful even with our imperfections. Imperfections enhance our beauty when they are embraced. Seeing the beauty in your imperfections comes by seeing you as God sees you.
“Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.”
Brennan Manning died today. I am really sad. I loved him. Here is his obituary from the Los Angeles Times...
Richard Francis Xavier ...
What would we do if we only had one week to live?
Jesus borrowed a donkey, washed dirty feet, and got crucified. That makes you and me slackers... just saying...
Sometimes the best place to be is completely beyond our capacity.
Comfort creates complacency.
In chaos and complexity we are forced to face our limitations.
We are challenged to confront our fears.
The limits of our faith and trust in God are exposed.
We tediously work to manage our world so as to stay within the bounds of our control and capacity.
Here’s the simple truth about your past:
Your past will either conform you or inform you.
It will shape you and twist and force you into decisions you don’t want to make.
Or it will teach you and help you and inform you.
The choice is yours.
And maybe, like George Bernard Shaw said, it’s time to stop running from it and time to start ...
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