Category Stray Thoughts

Lent 2019

A few days ago, I passed an anniversary: it’s been six months since I lost my left leg. For many weeks, I’ve debated how to tell this story in print, practicing many times in person with people of all ages. In many ways, the past few months have been a Lent for me, however I […]

Leveling Up

As those of you who read my initial post on this blog know, I’m not really big into sentimentalism. It’s not completely worthless: it’s like having a nice, soft, comfy couch or armchair, a place to relax for a while and let the world go by. Tempting to stay there, but sooner or later we […]

Pro-Life (version 2.0)

I wrote this post three years ago, and since then I don’t have much to add, but I have things to amplify. To summarize, I don’t believe any of these are Pro-Life: Any dehumanization of the human person. Equating wants and needs. Imperialism, in any way, shape, or form (bullying, politics of intimidation, rule by […]

God’s Partiality

Today’s First Reading hit me like a ton of bricks for some reason: “Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it over throngs of peoples! Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, […]

Five Unreasonable Expectations

I was going through some boxes today, and ran across a notebook from my Clinical Pastoral Education unit with Fr. Gene Sitzman in Cherokee, IA from the summer of 1999. This unit was conducted at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute, and much of our lecture was on mental illness. The page my notebook flipped open […]

Return of the Extreme Machete Order

Since two Star Wars movies have appeared since I wrote Extreme Machete Order with a Twist in 2014, it’s time for an update. There is one amendment, but most of my thoughts haven’t changed. “What order do I watch the Star Wars movies in?” This is the eternal question since 2005, and there are many […]

Humility as antidote

Robert Christian of the website Millennial Journal tweeted a quote from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s book Transformation in Christ which made an immediate impression on me. From the quality of the quote, I think this tome will go on my reading list because I think explorations of healthy humility are long overdue. “Humility is the opposite, […]