God is Good (and so is vacation)!

God has been consistently, amazingly good to me. God’s plans can be strange, unexpected, unfathomable, and/or painful at times, but God’s goodness is boundless. Sometimes I ask myself why God takes such good care of me and answers my prayers with such generosity; why God’s presence has been made manifest to me so often, since my childhood, in a way that many people don’t seem to experience.  All I can do is say “thank you!” and try to respond to that love and generosity in whatever way God seems to be asking of me at any given time.

Besides publicly acknowledging God’s overwhelming goodness, I am writing to let my blog subscribers know that – as you can see – I am still alive!  I haven’t published here recently for a number of reasons, due to major changes in my life and activities. I have become very busy with new things that don’t involve public speaking, so I no longer have the same steady source of publishable content that formerly made up the bulk of my posts. Nevertheless, I have a few new topics about which I am itching to write, so I hope to get back to blogging soon, if that’s what the Good Lord wants… In the meantime, here are a few of photos as “proof of life”…  Taken during my recent long weekend vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! One of God’s many blessings.


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The Forgotten Sign, Because Humility Just Isn’t on Our Agenda

A good Lenten reminder!


Am I my brother's keeper? Am I my brother’s keeper?

When I give tours at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, I like to stop by this paining and not say a word. Eventually, someone asks, “What’s this painting about?”

Most people do not see what’s going at first or even second glance. Surprisingly, some people never see it until you tell them the title of the painting, and even then, some still don’t see what is going on. 

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Praying for the Legion of Christ’s General Chapter

It isn’t a secret I have not been overly optimistic about the success of the Legion of Christ’s ongoing General Chapter.  I want things to go well, but over the past three years time and again I have read and heard things that have not been encouraging.

Yet, today I looked over the photos of all the Legionaries present at the General Chapter.  I know the vast majority of them; almost all have been my classmates, teachers, superiors, co-workers, etc., at one point or another.  Seeing their faces flooded me with memories of them – of their hard work, their dedication, their advice, and their humor; memories of time we spent together, moments both of fun and of difficulty. I remember their virtue in the face of hardship and suffering, and their sincere efforts to carry out the work assigned to them, even when in some cases perhaps they were not the right man for the job.

Certainly, we all made mistakes, as we were living to some extent in an illusion. We were following rules, traditions, and an internal culture carefully organized by a man we thought was holy, but who was really the polar opposite.  Nonetheless, the men in the Legion, at least most of them, are – as I have said before – well intentioned, talented, devout, hard-working men. The priests in the General Chapter are a sampling of that, and their photographs helped me to remember it.

What happens to the Legion now doesn’t affect me very much directly; I am definitively on my way out, and am starting a new (and very different) life.  But I care very much what happens, because I really do love those men, and so many other people who are connected with or affected by the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi in one way or another.

Please join me in praying that God’s will may be done.  May the Holy Spirit move the hearts and minds of all those involved – the Legionaries, the cardinals involved in the General Chapter, and the Holy Father Pope Francis – for the best possible outcome.  May the Holy Spirit also help all those affected by the results of the General Chapter to recognize God’s plan its short and long-term repercussions, whatever they may be. I cannot think of any outcome that would make everybody happy, but if everyone does their best to follow God’s will, I’m sure He will surprise us all with His wisdom and goodness.

Click on the pic to see the full page with the photos and profiles of the “Chapter Fathers”:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s been a while since I posted. So much has happened in my life over the past several months that it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and write something… but I can’t let this occasion pass by!  I have too much for which to be thankful!

First I want to thank God for being continuously near me and guiding me, hearing and answering my prayers with amazing generosity and, often, with unusual clarity.  I guess that’s always been the case, but it has been particularly noticeable over the past year.  The path on which He is leading me is marvelous, albeit sometimes disconcerting!

Next, I want to thank my family – especially my parents – for being there for me always and supporting me unfailingly.  My life has not been boring; since my adolescence, I have been on a journey, both literally and figuratively, that has included more than a fair share of the unexpected.  Just when it looked like things were slowing down in the early 2000’s,  my world got turned upside down in 2009 (it’s a long story).  The past four years have been something like an amusement park ride – occasionally scary, often beautiful, with moments of tranquility alternating with bumpy stretches and abrupt twists and turns. But like on an amusement park ride, I have never felt truly in danger or alone.  My family have always been there for me. I cannot thank them enough.

The journey of life is taking me to beautiful places. I took this photo on a highway near Monterrey, Mexico.

The journey of life is taking me to beautiful places. I took this photo on a highway near Monterrey, Mexico.

Much the same can be said of the many friends and acquaintances I have made along the way.  I have always been welcomed and helped wherever I have been.  I truly wish I could spend more time and stay in more constant contact with all these wonderful people.  Thank you, everyone whom I have had the privilege of counting as friends, colleagues, and “family” in the extended sense of the word!  Special thanks are also due to my spiritual directors, confessors, and to others who have given me guidance, counsel, etc., over the past few years.  You are, all of you, amazing people.

Also, special thanks to those who are helping me get established in my new home in Monterrey, Mexico – part of the latest, perhaps most unexpected, and truly wonderful twist in the plot of my life!

Thanks again to you all.  May God reward you for your love, generosity, and goodness. You have my love and my prayers.

Sunset in Acapulco

Sunset in Acapulco in early November

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World Origami Days, day 7: Hurray for the Red Sox!


Origami red socks designed and folded by me (one square each), in celebration of our World Series champions!!! The sock design is a no brainer, really. The challenge would be to make both socks out of one sheet of paper… maybe next time!

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World Origami Days, day 6: Origami Jack O’Lanterns


Designed and folded by me, although both designs (yes, there are two, with slightly different results in the details) are so simple someone else may have documented them first!

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World Origami Days, Day 5: Horned Mask


Designed and folded by me. Halloween is just around the corner!

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