During the afternoon of that tragic day, I wrote a letter to a friend trying to express my grief, shock and anger. Click here to read that letter. A word of warning: the letter contains strong language.
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In July of 1998, Kathy gave birth to our darling daughter Sarah. Then, in February of 2001, Isabella joined our family. Kathy, Sarah and Isabella are my invaluable sources of love and joy.
For a picture gallery of the girls, please click here.
When Kathy was pregnant, friends with children always advised me that "it will change your life, and I can't explain how." At the time I thought that was a cop-out, but it's true. Being a father has shifted my perspective entirely. Things that were of no interest to me before Sarah arrived are now crucial. Things I couldn't live without before are now meaningless. This change in our lives is something I've promised myself that I'll write about some day. But for now, I'll demure and only say that life with Sarah and Kathy is an amazing grace.
The last member of our household is our cat, Mogwai. He's a sweetheart and a pest, a love machine and an attention hound all rolled into one big fluff ball. He's my buddy, and I love him dearly.
I plan to keep an "observer's notebook" as my stargazing adventures continue. If I have the space on my server, I'll include sections from that notebook here in the future.
For now, I've included links to a number of excellent astronomy sites on my links page.
For now, I've included links to a number of excellent writing sites on my links page.
For many months, I went with her every Sunday. I listened to the readings, I heard the homilies, but I didn't understand. To me, the church services seemed to be dominated by requests for money, harping on sin, etc. One afternoon, I told Kathy how I felt.
I had no idea how much it would affect her. She felt her faith far more deeply than I understood. She broke down in tears when I told her my cynical, negative picture of the church. Her reaction really took me by surprise. We talked about it, and I agreed to take some steps to learn more about the church.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a two-year
program designed to inform people with an interest in the Catholic
church about the beliefs and traditions of the faith. I enrolled,
and almost immediately discovered something all those months of
attending mass couldn't teach me.
The church is about people.
The church is the community, not the building. Our relationships, with the people of the church and with God, are what religion is all about. Through the RCIA, I began to meet people. I had seen a few of them before on Sundays, but had never taken the time to say hello; to get to know them. Before long, I had made friends. Soon after that, I felt at home.
At the Easter Vigil in 1991, I officially converted to Catholicism. These days Kathy and I are members of the team that help run the RCIA program, we're Eucharistic Ministers in our parish, and we have a second home in our parish, Our Mother of Confidence in San Diego, California.
So that's (part of) my faith story. In the future, I may update this section as my faith continues to evolve.
Meanwhile, I've included links to a number of excellent religion sites on my links page.
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