Renewing Promises

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Many years ago a priest at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church asked Mike and I to be mentors in a marriage preparation course. I’m not quite sure why he selected us nor even why we agreed to take part in the program because we were still rather young and finding our own way through the art of building a happy marriage. I suppose that it was the hubris of our youth that made us think that we had much wisdom to offer people who were contemplating matrimony.  Continue reading “Renewing Promises”

Begin With a Single Step

i282600889608947603._szw1280h1280_I’ve been working the summer school session at Cristo Rey for a couple of weeks now. It’s a kind of dreary affair. The students arrive each day with a demonstrable lack of enthusiasm. They would rather be anywhere but in school attempting to recover credit for courses that they failed during the school year. They are generally well behaved but mostly just resigned to their fate. They are motivated by a desire to finish their modules as quickly as possible so that they might actually begin to enjoy summer. Some of them dug such deep ditches for themselves that they will be working until the end of July. They will be lucky to get a couple of weeks of holiday before the daily routine of the new school year begins again.  Continue reading “Begin With a Single Step”