Mack

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To every thing there is a season.

New perspectives on the future, Revelation, the Second Coming, and all that.

Yesterday I had the regular pleasure of meeting with an academic and administrative colleague who is also an Episcopal priest. (We share a fair amount in common, as you can tell.) Understandably our discussion turned towards how I and my family are coping nearly ten months after Mack’s death. One topic in particular we dwelt upon was the envisioning of heaven. I have written elsewhere on this blog of my “back of the napkin” concept […]

The Author of the Story by Daniel Amos

I just ordered the latest album from this incredible group. Daniel Amos, if you have not heard of them, has been around since the 80s and is one of the most creative and consistent (in quality if not regularity of publications) groups I still follow. I hesitate to categorize them as “CCM,” but there is no doubt they have never hidden their faith. In fact, what makes them a group and Terry Taylor a lyricist […]

A wonderful night to remember Mack

Posted at MackBrady.com. Friday night was it. PSU Men’s Soccer v. Cal, ranked #3 in one poll and #5 in another. Some have called Cal the best and strongest team out there. Our men were ready to play and the did! The best game I have ever seen them play in 4 years of attending matches. While Cal got a goal on a skilled header from the far post off a Cal corner. But late […]

Keeping a new tradition, Penn State keepers all wear Mack’s patch on the back of their jerseys.

#MackTheJeff – Mack Brady Night with PSU Men’s Soccer 9/13/13

Penn State Soccer has started! The Men are currently 2-0-0 in the regular season with wins over Radford and Central Connecticut. In less than two weeks on 9/13/13 we will be hosting Cal for a very special game. It will be a night to remember and celebrate Mack with lots of events and activities for our junior soccer friends. This is going to be a big game for Penn State men! Over this past weekend Cal beat […]

Taking the field

Penn State Soccer season has begun

This past Friday the NCAA soccer season began. You know, what the rest of the world calls “football.” I have had the great privilege to take pictures of our PSU teams on the sidelines and starting today I will be the PA announcer for a handful of the women’s games. This community has been an incredible support and encouragement to us since Mack’s death and, as most readers will know, Penn State Men’s goalkeepers all […]

We must live

Elizabeth shared this daily email from the writings of Henri Nouwen that happens to be about parents who have lost a child. We have discussed this often and my view continues to be firm; we must live.  If we collapse, if we “die” metaphorically if not literally, because of Mack’s death then we not only rob our daughter of all she deserves, but we also erase the memory of Mack. People will remember only how […]

Reaching - at the Grand Canyon

Of fig trees and faith

WARNING: This post will not be encouraging and might even frustrate you a good bit. It did me. As is often the case lately, I want to write this morning, but I am struggling to find the words or, more accurately, words that I think would be acceptable. Then I turned to today’s Morning Prayer and came upon the Gospel reading. Mark 11:12ff is one of the most troubling Gospel passages I know. Mark 11:12-26 […]

"Forever Silent" by Dan Piraro

(A pie) in the face of tragedy

I have mentioned before that Mack and I would read comics together every night. For a while it was hard to read comics again because of that fact. But at the same time comics and cartoonists have also helped me cope. So last week when Dan Piraro posted this comic I knew two things: (1) he would get vilified by some for tasteless humor and (2) Mack would find it hysterical. So I do too. […]

Mother and Child in Basler Münster

The Experience of God

Jim West posted this response to an AP tweet: From the twitter- @AP: Rick Warren gives 1st sermon since son’s suicide, saying “God knows what it’s like to lose a son”: http://t.co/FwRc10ASFf -SS But does he? Does God, in infinite knowledge, experience reality just like we do? Such a god seems to be crushed down to little more than a man. Such a god is made in the image of man. The sentiment of the statement is […]

All I want

I am reading some science fiction for distraction, The Fall of Hyperion, recommended by my friend Rick. This is the second in trilogy and, as seems so often the case now, the themes are far more relevant to my immediate life than I expected. One character, a Jewish Philosopher named Sol, is mourning his daughter and quotes a portion of Yeats’s A Prayer for My Daughter. “All Sol wanted, he realized now, was the same possibility […]