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Third Annual Mack Brady Clinic

The Third Annual Mack Brady Clinic is in the books and it was a wonderful evening. Eighty-nine children 12 and under took part, the Penn State Men’s team and coaches made it possible, and the parents, of course, who are always there for their kids. Thank you all! Please head over to Mack’s site for the complete gallery, but this little fellow melted my heart. He told us he wants to “be a goalie like […]

Infinite and beautiful

My wife receives the daily meditation from the Henri Nuewen Society. She shared this morning’s with me and I thought I would pass it along. It is especially poignant, not just for our own continued grieving process, but this week we are remembering a young student who died last week, just shy of graduating with honors. Please keep the Breen family in your thoughts and prayers. Wednesday March 19, 2014 The Infinite Value of Life […]

First Day of School 2013

I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard to see all the elementary school kids, Mack’s classmates, get on the bus for the new year without him. It is hard to see all the pictures on Facebook that our friends are posting of their kids and grandkids getting on the bus. But today really isn’t any worse than yesterday or the day before that. He is gone and we cannot change that. It hurts […]

Capturing Mack

It is so odd how we count time. If we go by weeks, then it was four weeks ago this past Monday night that Mack died, December 31st. If we go by days on the calendar then today, January 31st, is the one month mark. Our friend and fellow Celtic parent David Rockower is an English teacher and also writes for a local paper. He shared this more personal reflection with me and suggested I […]

The snow is falling

Gently, light and fluffy, the snow is falling. It hasn’t been much, just an inch or two. Mack loved snow, loved to play in it, sled, dig into it building forts. He would have been out already, even as I write at 7 am. But he wouldn’t have liked this snow. He would have complained that it was too fluffy, not good for packing and building. Easy to shovel though. I have to be careful not […]

May light perpetual shine upon him.

Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our brother, our son, Mack, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Grant that his death may recall to us your victory over death, and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Father’s love. Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy […]

The Power of the Religious Community

Unrelated to our current sadness, someone on twitter posted this dreck: “Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there.” My first comment was “Religion is for people who live in community.” Today, this week I know more than ever that power of not just community, but the religious community. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support on Twitter and on […]

John William McKenzie Brady – Mack, the best boy ever.

Those of you who have been following on Facebook and elsewhere, and we are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received, know that our beautiful boy is gone. We are doing as well as can be expected, with expressions of love and support coming from around the globe. (Thank you to whomever posted the note on the Agade listserv.) Even my old undergraduate advisor Gary Rendsburg called this evening. I am too weary […]