Core Message

Every Saturday morning, the Pray As You Go website presents an examen, a Jesuit tradition involving reflection on and moral evaluation of one’s thoughts and conduct.  I find this morning’s examen particularly inviting.  In it, I am asked, “If you had the chance to give just one sermon, what would be your core message in …

Do You Believe in Miracles?

One week after we discussed the value of Abraham’s belief in our previous post, middle son Brad shows up at the house with a special gift.  Gifts are funny things.  You’re never quite sure how the receiver will take them.  With a few notable high-tech exceptions, Brad’s fairly good about giving gifts.  He knows that …

It IS a Wonderful Life

For 48 years, Mrs. tVM and I have watched the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” every Christmas season.  When we first viewed it in 1974, the film was a mere 27 years old.  That would be like watching “Braveheart” today; it doesn’t seem that long ago.  As we watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” last night, …

Looking Forward to 2023

In 2023, we enter our 13th year publishing the Vitruvian Man website, and we remain committed to the two most important stories in all of literature:  the story of the good Samaritan and the story of the adulterous woman.  We are obligated to be our brother’s keeper to ensure that all life matters.  We must …

Light a Candle

As time passes, I become more grateful for the many blessings bestowed upon me through the grace of God.  Many of those blessings come from people, some I know, others may be strangers, but their positive effect on my life is undeniable… like the grace of God. Ten years ago, a young attorney friend who …

A House Built on Prayer

I believe God guided me to the home I reside in, the men who built it, and the small, rural, desert community it is a part of. The house is less than a mile off the extended runway of the local airport, which is home to SkyDive Arizona, arguably the number one skydiving facility in …

The Veil of Heaven

One of the most beautiful books I have read is Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace by Kent Nerburn (1999).  In his introduction, Mr. Nerburn writes, “There is a story told by some of the Native American people about the stars in the midnight sky.  Each star, they say, is a hole pierced in …

Season Change

We faced many challenges on many fronts this summer that affected our work on our Haiti agriculture project in Arizona.  The reasons are unimportant. The fact is, after planting 2,400 linear feet by the end of May with Armenian cucumbers to okra to squash to melons, and everything in between, we realized zero harvest excluding …

Dealing with Challenge

My favorite month is September.  As a child of the Berkshires growing up in New England, how could I not revere this special time of the year when the air is crisp and clean… when the trees display their finery in preparation for the winter. As September wanes, I reflect on a challenging 2022.  As …