adventure

Life — A Bold Undertaking

“Life can be successful only if we have the courage to be adventurous.” (Pope Benedict XVI) Whenever I’m preparing to give a talk or teach a class, I generally turn to three sources for my first inspiration: Scripture, the Catechism, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  Several years ago I ran across this part of a quote from a meeting he […]

Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity?

Peter… Paul… Isaiah… Frodo Baggins. They have more in common than meets the eye. Of course there are differences, too. Peter is a small business man, trying to wring a living for his family out of a lake in Hicksville. No one expected much from Galilee. Its inhabitants had a thick country accent that gave them away every time, like […]

On the Importance of Stretching

Creation of Adam (detail) by Michaelangelo

The center of the Sistine Chapel depicts an image that has been over-utilized to the point of becoming a cliché.  Nonetheless, its meaning is still worth revisiting, for it encapsulates the central drama between God and man.  An energetic God-the-Creator thrusts his hand toward a reclining Adam.  His intended beneficiary, however, recoils.  His hand droops.  His body language spells “retreat”.  […]

Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity

Peter.  Paul.  Isaiah.  Frodo Baggins.  They have more in common than meets the eye. Of course there are differences, too.  Peter is a small business man, trying to wring a living for his family out of a lake in Hicksville.  No one expected much from Galilee.  Its inhabitants had a thick country accent that gave them away every time, like […]