What’s on your gravestone? 3

The idea for this post came not really so much from reflecting upon the process of selecting Mack’s headstone, but on some recent conversations. People have a habit of using the phrase “I want my obituary to say…” as a way to express the impetus or motivation for their actions in life. “I want my […]

Mother and Child

There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve — even in pain — the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Have a thought for the Goalie

I wrote this the other day and posted it on Mack’s site. It is World Cup time and I have been reading a bit about the beautiful game. When it comes to being the goalkeeper, Mack’s position, being the best doesn’t always help. A goalkeeper always loses. The Goalkeeper – The Mack Brady Soccer Fund

Mack and John watching Iker Casillas playing for Real Madrid v. Celtic. Mack is wearing his Iker Spain jersey.

By Michael Jantze http://jantzestudios.tumblr.com

What choice do we have?

When I was finishing high school and in my first year of college I went through some difficult times. I was melancholy, moody, in short, depressed. In the midst of that a well-meaning friend gave me a book Happiness is a Choice. I still have it on my shelf. The notion offended me. Why would […]

Why do angels dance on the head of a pin?

Earlier today I was listing my suggestions for summer reading and also commending the Dorothy L. Sayers essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” when I remembered this wonderful passage in that essay. Worth sharing again. A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once entertained his audience (and reduced the late Charles Williams to helpless rage) […]

Dorothy L Sayers portrait by William Oliphant Hutchison for National Portrait Gallery ca. 1950

Morning has broken.

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

The passage to the right is a portion of the Gospel reading for today, the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A, Revised Common Lectionary). The first thing that comes to my mind whenever I hear this passage is my Uncle Freddy. When the new versions (NIV, RSV, etc.) came out he insisted on the KJV for […]

Resources For Those In Grief

Elizabeth has compiled a list of resources for those who are grieving and those who want to aid those who grieve. It can be found at MackBrady.com/Resources. Please feel free to add your own suggestions or questions.


The Keeper is a Lonely Position

The goalkeeper has a thankless position. Sure, occasionally, spectacularly they are the hero, stopping unlikely shots. Zac Macmath has stopped 3 PKs in the last two weeks. But then…. A forward can miss dozens of time, but “at least he is putting it on goal.” In their game this week, Arsenal had 7 shots, 4 […]

The Great Defenders copy


New Book: A Jewish Targum in a Christian World

Dineke Houtman sent me word of this new and intriguing book. It’s Brill so save up your shekelim. A Jewish Targum in a Christian World ISBN: 9789004267817 What is the use of a Targum in a cultural setting where Aramaic is not a common language anymore? And why would Christians be interested in a typically Jewish […]