The Nativity of Jesus

holyfamilyI recently saw this different take on the Nativity of Jesus shared in a Facebook group I follow and have been thinking about the image for a few days. I keep going back to it looking at it again and again and thinking about how realistic the image looks in comparison to the traditional image that I’ve seen for so many years – the image of Mary on one side, Joseph on the other side, and the newborn baby Jesus lying in the manger between them. Continue reading

Days Go By

Last night was a bit of an interesting night. It was one of those nights where things started to sink in. The realisation that I have a family. The realisation that this isn’t all a dream. The realisation that life is passing by. Don’t get me wrong, I already knew all of this, but it was just one of those moments. Let me set the scene for you:

Our son was in bed, the toys were picked up and the lights were off downstairs. My wife and I had just finished watching some TV and were getting ready to pack it in for the night. We went in to tuck in our son one final time for the night as he tends to kick off his covers while falling asleep. After I tucked him in and my wife had a little peek in at him and mouthed at me “he’s so cute!” I followed her into the nursery which is all set up for the next baby, due in the next couple of weeks.  Continue reading

Letting Go Of Childish Things

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”  

— 1 Corinthians 13:11

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On the weekend I attended a conference with some excellent speakers and some fantastic talks. One line that has stuck with me and stirred the most thought over the last few days was the brief mention of the Bible quote above. Continue reading

With A Little Help From my Friends

When I look back at the way my life has changed over the last ten, five, even two years, there is one major change that really stands out to me: my friends.

Graduating high school, I couldn’t wait to get away from some of the people that I had befriended. I was typically the brunt of a lot of jokes as I was the one that still went to Mass weekly with my family and was still a virgin. I was a pretty easy target in my “Catholic” high school and I was looking forward to a change of scenery. Continue reading

The Our Father

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Pray then like this: 
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
–Matthew 6:5-15

What a powerful text. A prayer that was taught to us by God Himself and has been prayed by Christians ever since. It has been passed down from father to son, and the other night I had a wonderful prayer experience with my young son. Continue reading