A Searcher’s Continuing Journey

I am not a fan of social media.  That said, two of my children are, and I read their Facebook entries when they post them.  Middle son Brad posted this today.  I found it to be profound and asked him if I could share it on my website.  He agreed.  I hope you find value …

Foot Washing

We first posted this five years ago in 2019. I consider this act of Jesus at the heart of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus, and I will continue to repost it. In his Gospel, the evangelist John describes a poignant scene as Jesus celebrates his final Passover meal. Jesus… gets up from the table, …

How Is Your Body Today?

God speaks to us in many ways, most, perhaps, are unexpected.  All we must do is listen and be attentive. This morning’s Examen on the “Pray As You Go” Jesuit website is as timely as it is meaningful and powerful.  My prayer today is that you, my friend will take a few minutes and listen …

Lessons from the Fifth Station

Even as a child, I could not escape the Stations of the Cross during the Lenten and Easter seasons.  Not even baskets of jellybeans, marshmallow chicks, and large chocolate rabbits could divert me from the horrors I perceived of crucifixion.  I was four years old in 1953 when I sat in the Capitol Theater with …

The Riddle of the Sphinx

The monstrous Sphinx in Greek mythology posed this riddle to all travelers who entered or left the city of Thebes, “What has one voice but goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening?”  The king of Thebes declared he would give his kingdom to anyone who solved …

If Given Another Chance

“I would turn every minute into an age, nothing would be wasted, every minute would be accounted for…”  Dostoevsky, The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot If given another chance, nothing will be wasted. Because I attach so much importance to it, I was pleased this morning when I listened to Father Mike Schmitz’s ‘minute homily’ …

Angels

We all need help.  That is why each of us is blessed with a guardian angel. As long as I can remember, I’ve pictured my guardian angel as an imposing celestial being dressed in white, unencumbered by the massive wings that protruded from her back.  My mother introduced me to my guardian angel with this …

Test of Three

A dozen years ago, I read about the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates’ “Test of Three.”  As the story goes, Socrates proposed this test of three questions before you repeat a rumor: It makes no difference whether or not Socrates actually said this, but the principle is sound regardless of its source. I remembered Socrates this …

Farewell 2023

As we conclude 2023, we look forward to 2024, our 14th year publishing the Vitruvian Man website, and we remain committed to the three most important stories in all of literature:  the story of the good Samaritan, the story of the adulterous woman, and the leper’s encounter with Jesus. These stories teach us and remind us …