I am an aspiring novelist, blogger, freelance journalist, amateur poet – I am a writer. The story of my own life has taught me that even in the darkest of times, the light of hope only dies if we choose to extinguish it.
I had a tumultuous experience of life in my 20’s, including a battle with cancer and with my own personal demons. I experienced a conversion of faith in 2005, in no small part due to the influence of Pope John Paul II, whose passing led me into a period of deep introspection. My life made a dramatic turn at that point, and the path from there to here has been truly grace-filled, even if rocky at times. I enrolled at Villanova University, where I studied Philosophy, Theology, and Classics. I met the Augustinian Friars there, and eventually joined that blessed Order, and spent three years living in the monastery, cultivating a life of meditation, prayer, and study. I have had wonderful teachers, mentors, and spiritual guides along the way. I have a particular interest in the Church Fathers, and Augustine and his spirituality loom large in my own path to God.
I left the monastery in May of 2012, thankful for the time I spent there, recognizing that God indeed called me to spend that time with the friars, but that he ultimately has other plans for me. I do not yet know what those plans are, but like Alyosha in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, I hope to carry on that monastic influence into my daily life as a lay person.
This blog then is simply an expression of my own spirit of contemplation. Life has certainly not grown less tumultuous, and now as a single, 35 year old man, my life takes on new challenges – finding a career, pursuing my dreams, falling in (and out) of love. Through it all I strive to conform my life to Beauty, hoping simply, as Mother Theresa once said, to do something beautiful for God. Please join me on the journey.
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