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Disgruntled Graduate?

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I remember the day I let go of my son's hand so he could walk for the first time. He was eleven months old. It was nerve-racking to think he might fall, slip, or bust a lip. But instead, I let go so that he could cross the copious bedroom floor. And still, I peeked and stood suppressed around the corner to ensure he did not fall. My son has graduated from various universities with credentials in intelligence, security, cyber studies, and analytics. He is older now and has larger hands, but I still use the same practices I used when he was younger today.  Parents, avoid a disgruntled college graduate who resents a pre-set path by letting go of fears before your young adult walks across the collegiate stage.  Walking independently is to learning, as decision-making is to confidence. Both are growth factors that build a social code between child and parent.  It's based on mutual respect.  Throughout the sprouting moments of my son's relationship with me, I always encouraged

My Mother's Room

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A room in my house faces a new dawn each day. It is located upstairs, with a large window of hope, walls of charity, and past and present furniture. This once was a room of dialogue and debate but is now a space of silence and thought. An arrangement created out of sudden loss and later choreographed by time, this was my mother’s room, which  is now a Study.     After her husband’s death, my mother settled in with us and began to acclimate herself to new surroundings.  As you walked into her bedroom, you immediately smelled a fusty odor that indicated age was present.  Classical music emanated from a radio she kept on top of an old chest of drawers.  Noticeably, a long wooden back-scratcher was on the wall by the light switch.  It was cracked and worn down and seemed out of place among contemporary baseboards and hand-crafted closet trim.  On the opposite wall was a Crucifix that reminded us of who we are.  Nearby was a family portrait that reminded us of what we were. A day bed cons

Renewed By The Desert

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The sun beat down on the dusty hood of my steal horse I ride, kicking up a shimmering haze on the endless ribbon of asphalt. Beside me, my dog, Rusty, a smooth Jack Russlle mutt with ears perked at every sun-shine shadow. Together, we watched the alien landscape unfold.  Our destination was off-road into the Chihuahuan Desert. Our arrival was final, but only after rugged terrain. I opened the door eagerly as if invited by the Creator himself, only to be met with silence as company. However, the silence outside was a symphony to the soul—the whisper of wind across rocky ground and mountains, the distant cry of a lone hawk. Beautiful, yes, but in a stark, unforgiving way. The land stretched out in a tapestry of ochre and terracotta, dotted with gnarled cacti like silent sentinels. Mountains, the color of sunbaked clay, rose on the horizon, their peaks lost in the hazy distance. It was a landscape stripped bare, its beauty raw and exposed. Yet, amidst the barrenness, a strange sense of ho

Live Podcast: "Believing In"

Welcome, join my conversation about ”Believing In” the Nicene Creed versus ”Believing That.” It’s a thought-provoking topic with various Christian perspectives and layers to consider.  Listen at  Podcast    Or read:   Article

Explore!

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They say home is where the heart is, but what happens when your heart expands to encompass distant horizons? After returning from a 5,000-mile expedition in Mid-America, I discovered a journey that blurs the lines between adventure and routine, wanderlust and comfort. View the story here See the highs and lows of long-term travel and uncover the true meaning of coming home. Buckle up; the adventure's just begun! Bonus Video

Caviezel states, "Boys and Men Follow Courage"

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Usually, I don't blog about anything that directly connects to Hollywood.  But recently found an interview between Jim Caviezel and a Christian network conducted in 2014. Jim was promoting " When the Game Stands Tall ."  I found a message relevant to a trend in today's social meaning of masculinity.  Caviezel touched on recently growing rhetoric that debunks topics about masculinity. " Boys do grow into MEN and their role in society." It is worth the effort for this Blogger to determine if this movie is on Netflix or any other streaming company. I am now intrigued. More importantly, I viewed this interview again with courage.  Consider clicking on this interview and let me know what you think:  Interview  

New Year 2024

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As we gather at the onset of a new year, I'm filled with deep love and appreciation for every one of you. Last year has had its share of adventures, ministry work, and recess. And through it all, I see the Lord's hand in what I do, especially when people close to me show unwavering support. Whether we prayed together, worked on endeavors for the Church, or enjoyed the great outdoors, each memory is a treasure I hold close. This year (2024), I promise to continue to be a man of faith, create opportunities for others to experience outdoor life, and engage in "God Talk" with anyone. A new endeavor for Catholic Camper is ready to be launched with much eagerness and prayer. You can hear more by clicking on:  Live Podcast Feeling Thankful Happy New Year, viewer, reader, listener, friends, and family. May the coming year be filled with joy, blessings, and memories we'll hold dear for years.