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"Mike"I am happily married (in spite of the challenges I provide her!), a proud father of five, and a grandfather of two. I am fifty+ years young. A Navy Submarine veteran and a Civil Servant for over thirty years, One of my favorite Scripture passages even speaks of that time on the boat, “Have you entered into the sources of the sea, or walked about in the depths of the abyss? Have the gates of death been shown to you, or have you seen the gates of darkness? Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell me, if you know all.” Job 38:16-18. (My answers would have to be, “Yes, yes, and let me get back to you.”)

I am ‘Passionately Catholic’. I vote Church teachings to embrace and balance social justice. Unequivically, and with love.  I was a graduate student in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio (because one is never too old to learn!).  I pray, and am Promised to, and study with the Secular Order of the Servants of Mary (OSSM) – the Servites. I like to read, walk, cook, write poetry, snowboard, sail, and used to play really awful golf.

I wanted to start this blog to exercise my writing, and philosophical skills, as well as ecclesial muscles; while being a bit kinder, and not so overwhelming to my facebook friends!  I am kind of a Thomist, so that will enter the pages occasionally, and love a good, mannerly discussion.  Aquinas never thought of God as a highest being, but Ipse Actus Essendi subsistens – He subsists as the Act of Being; the very act of “to be” itself.  Or as Aristotle put it: First Cause. It does make for great chats!

The Hug Point in question refers to Hug Point State Park near Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. Late 19th century stagecoaches that used the beach as a highway “had to ‘hug’ this particular point even at low tide to get around it”, hence the name Hug Point. It is kind of a neat little place. When I thought of the heading ‘Walking to Hug Point’ some years ago, I imagined that we all want to walk to a place with that name; a place that sounds comforting. So I walk – not run, not crawl – to the sea. A place dangerous and wild, but still a place of solace and discovery. D.H. Lawrence wrote,

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

Draw close to shore.  Find your Hug Point, and find your answers. It is where I found mine. I know my Redeemer lives, and His name is Jesus the Christ. And I have to share.  God bless you richly throughout your life for your friendship. † Papa

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  1. Brian Wolf permalink
    January 15, 2011 1:03 pm

    Michael:

    Sorry to have kept you from your morning duties but I felt we both needed the hour and a half visit. Thank you for sharing from your heart the challenges that you face during this time of your life. You are for sure a very strong and steady person as God will not give us any more than we can handle. In time everything will fall into perfect place. It’s kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle without the picture to follow. All of a sudden one day we awake and know every detail of the picture. The pieces all fall into place and we are renewed with a confidence in God’s divine love that sends us forth with joy filled confidence, a wisdom we are so thankful for yet hardly able to comprehend. A perfect gift of love.

    Fr. said it best at mass this morning that “Mary is our example of the perfect disciple. That by following her example will bring us closer in relationship with Jesus.”. Meditating on the Passion of Christ through the rosary is one mystery of the Church that will always bring us greater strength to persevere through our toil and sufferings that seem so minuscule in comparison. The other great gift of the Church is Eucharistic Adoration. Quiet time at it’s very best. Time invested well resting at peace in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

    The discipline of our heart will teach our body to follow Christ as disciples, gathering our brothers and sisters and marching in faith to His eternal promise. Our walk on this journey is never alone, He is always in our presence, within us, beside us, in front of us whispering so quietly “trust in Me’ follow me.”

    Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.

    Peace brother. You are in my prayers.

    Brian

    • January 15, 2011 6:04 pm

      Thanks Brian, we were certainly way overdue for catching up. I am glad you and your family are doing so well. And I was very excited to hear about Cardinal Burke coming to town! I hope my schedule will support me taking a weekend in Pendleton!

      I look forward to the time when I can get involved in broader spectrum study groups – the one you are in sounds just perfect for me. Someday soon…

      Thanks for the encouragement today, and I hope I did or can return the blessing. †

      Mike

      • Brian Wolf permalink
        January 15, 2011 6:45 pm

        Michael.

        You are always welcome to join us at any gathering. Our group , Consortio Veritas meets the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 in West Linn just off the I-205. Also, if you are able to take Friday and Saturday 23rd and 24 th of February off your welcome to travel and room with me for the conference in Pendelton. I will not miss this and regret having the opportunity to speak directly with Raymond Cardinal Burke. I should say the same without minimizing such a great advocate as Archbishop Vasa. He has done many good things for our community in the Baker Archdiosese

  2. Brian Wolf permalink
    January 15, 2011 6:49 pm

    P.S. You are the blessing! Praise God!

  3. March 14, 2012 5:38 am

    Great blog, Michael!

    • March 14, 2012 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much! I became inspired after I started reading some great blogs out there – including yours. Have a blessed Lent!

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