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“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

I don’t usually post the speech I give at the Medals Ceremony, but this time the message was a bit different.  Good afternoon scholars, Parents, and friends, trustees, President Erickson and Provost Pangborn. Congratulations to you all! Each one of you has played a significant role in getting to this moment. Mrs. Schreyer and DrueAnne it is a particular honor to have you with us. Thank you for being here and thank you for all […]

Term of the Day: “Agentless Injustice”

Today I was talking with a colleague about another tragic death of a young person. The runner collapsed and died during the Pittsburgh Marathon apparently with a “coronary artery abnormality.” No one was to blame for his death. He was born with this condition, although he was unaware of it. There was no person with a gun, a knife, or a bomb. It just happened. I called it “agentless injustice.” It is not “just” that […]

"For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face."

A vision of Heaven

The following is my sermon from this past Sunday. As you can see in the first paragraph, I am somewhat apologetic about the fact that I cannot read and reflect on our current readings without thinking of Mack and our loss. Then again, I realized that this is precisely what Easter is about for all of us, death and resurrection, loss and hope.  — Cb Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year C 
RCL Revelation 21:1-6John […]

“The Game of Your Life”

This wonderful poem was shared with us by Dan Sheerin on Mack’s site. It is “a Celtic soccer song by Irish poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice” and it is a poem of faith as well. The Game of Your Life Whatever way it’s kicked out, face the ball! While wingers await delivery in space, Centrefield must rise above the maul And safely field, taking thought to place The ball of fortune with the chosen one And will […]

Fine Art Appreciation

Mack’s Girlfriend

He would be horrified that I use that term, but this week we met the young lady (and lady is the correct term) that Mack had been talking about all year. They are in different classes but ride the same bus. That was their time. She is the most incredible, wonderful girl. She loves sports, is very articulate and funny, and sits ramrod straight (reminds me of someone who I married nearly 20 years ago). […]


At times I find myself imaging what Mack would be doing if he were still here, like yesterday at our aunt’s house for dinner. It is not so difficult to picture him playing games on the iPad or watching a program while the adults are talking. But each time I am keenly aware that it becomes harder to imagine. I know the 8, almost 9, year old Mack. I will never know the 10 year […]

“We are of all people most to be pitied”

Easter Day 2013 For the last three months this phrase has been running through my head, “We are of all people most to be pitied.” Certainly seems reasonable. In a space of a few short hours we lost our vibrant, healthy boy, just two weeks before his 9th birthday. Who wouldn’t pity us? Those who read this blog with some regularity know that I have shared some of my frustration, anger, and theological wrestling in […]

June 23rd – Philadelphia Union honoring Mack

Please see for more details, but we are excited to announce that the Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls game on June 23rd will be in honor of Mack. We are scheduling a number of events throughout the day to celebrate youth soccer and raise funds for the Mack Brady Memorial Men’s Soccer Fund at Penn State. Details will be posted soon, but make your plans now! 10 am-noon West Chester Soccer Club Kids Soccer Clinic run by […]

It’s just a hat

But not any more. This picture of Mack was taken shortly after Christmas 2011. You can read more about the studio session on my PhotoBlog. That fall I had purchased this silly little gray fedora from Target. I am a practical person and my head gets cold in the winter, but I am vain so I wanted something other than a stocking cap to wear when in a suit and tie. For whatever reason Mack […]