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Hope

A pregnant, unmarried teen-ager.  Pregnant, but not with the child of the man she is going to marry. Not exactly the best beginning to a story of hope. Similarly, the coldest season of the year does not intuitively register as a time to celebrate joy. Our faith tradition, however, urges us to look for the […]

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Thanksgiving

I will be updating this list over the next five days, but I wanted to get a start on it now…feel free to check back as the list grows…please note they are in no particular order… I am grateful for: 1. Being at a school where a few hours ago a “high status” senior star […]

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Social Networking

Last week, Andi Shurley, Head at the girls’ high school, provided the following link to a recent Pew Report article highlighting a survey regarding teens and Facebook. Please click here to access the article. Over the past several weeks, I have been witness to some of the poor behavior referenced in the article.  Because our […]

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Maybe

I received some feedback that the following Zen story may be a better way to convey my message from last week.   Our frame of reference “in the moment” — even as adults — is usually not the best judge of events, so it continues to be important to encourage our guys to take a […]

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Victory from Defeat

Even with the Giants’ season well over a month gone, my a.m. radio is still on KNBR, and yesterday I caught the last 5 minutes of an interview with  Tom Watson, winner of 8 major golf championships.  He casually (and perhaps jokingly) referenced that he came upon golf when he was cut from a Little […]

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Mater Admirabilis

Today, Sacred Heart Schools around the world celebrate the Feast of “Mater Admirabilis.”  The tradition goes back to October 20 1846, when Pope Pius IX visited the RSCJ in their community in the Trinitá dei Monti, at the top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.  There was a curtain along the wall in a hallway, […]

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When thinking isn’t the best thing…

At least once a day, either Ren or I find ourselves talking to our guys and inquiring “what were you thinking,” “tell me what you were thinking,” or “how exactly did this happen?”  More often than not, in cases of poor judgment, the answer is “I don’t know.” Many of you encounter this with your […]

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“Wise Freedom”

You can’t understand.  How could you?  – with solid pavement under your feet,surrounded by kind neighbors ready to cheer you or to fall on you, stepping delicately between the butcher and the policemen, in the holy terror of scandal…how can you imagine – utter solitude without a policeman – by the way of silence – […]

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September 1, 2011 – Fun

My four year old son knows how to have fun.  Sometimes it may take a little bit of packaging — “would you like to join me for special projects down in the garage?” — but he knows how to entertain himself in any number of activities.  When he has a friend over, they can pretty […]

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