THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil
–Gerard Manley Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur”
Debra, my wife, once called me a “compulsive communicator,” echoing words Barbara Bush used to describe George Bush, Sr. ‘Tis pity, but ‘tis true.
Debra and I are crazy about our family (including two daughters and four sons) and its unique and wonderful “culture.” From Gilbert and Sullivan to Shakespeare, we love to consider how Christian humanism infuses and informs our chiaroscuro human condition.
I’m driven to answer basic questions about the nature of the human person.
- Who are we as human persons?
- What is our inherent greatness and potential?
- How is our greatness and potential actuated, and how do we come to fullest stature?
These questions and related human quest compel me in my work as founder and principal of “Integrity of Life Services,” whose mission is to encourage personal and organizational excellence through continuous strategic growth. After 30 years in human services, I’m still intrigued with people and the wonder of free, responsible, and intentional growth.
Our family holds firmly to the truth that Beauty can save the world. This stunning premise reminds us that we’re created from love for love, and that Beauty (that mysterious blend of the true and the good) captivates, inspires, and guides us to become our best selves.
Christ loved us to the end; his free and ultimate gift of himself on the Cross, including the outpouring of his blood and water from his pierced Heart, shows us the defining direction of our own lives: self-giving love. He, especially on the Cross, reveals us most fully to ourselves.
I hope you’ll read my blog pieces—all little windows into the beauty of the human person fully alive and come to full stature.