2017 marks the seventh year of The Vitruvian Man website (tVM blog).
As human beings, we have but one choice in life: to make the world a better place. There are no other options as we journey — or more often wander — upon our planet through our given time in this universe.
In 2015, the good fathers who preside over the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Picture Rocks Arizona gave us permission to record and post their daily homilies. You can find them as “Desert Reflections.” I have heard too many powerful words from these men, words that cry for broader exposure to allow them to go unheard. If their words reach just one more person each day because we promote them on this website, then we — through them — have made the world a better place to be.
In October 2016, I pulled up my Arizona roots after 11 total years in the desert and found my way to River Falls, Wisconsin where I intend to live out my days. My good friend and spiritual mentor John Davenport has donned the mantle and continues to post the Redemptorist Reflections. I am grateful.
We continue to look beyond the normalcy of the world, a normalcy too often defined by war and materialism, poverty and prejudice, and to seek the wonder and awe that surrounds us every day. Experiencing moments of awe and wonder take the edge off life, an edge created by humankind in its inattentive ignorance. Regardless of how we try to control and destroy our planet, we remain surrounded by its infinite beauty. Look and share those moments of wonder that you encounter. They surround us if we remain attentive to them.
Pope Francis declared 2016 a Year of Mercy. It will not end in 2016. We must keep it alive for future generations. We must continue to practice forgiveness, and encircle our planet with it.
“Prayer is the presence that holds harmony in the midst of chaos. Every time you pray, you add to the light and harmony of creation. If you do not pray, if you do not believe in prayer, then you are living off the prayers of other people.”
John O’Donohue, 1956 – 2008
Pray for Peace in 2017
We Are All Brothers and Sisters!
Be a Vitruvian Man, Be a Noble Person!
May your quest for Kalos Kagathos in 2017 be a rewarding one.