Pontifications.

May Flowers: Baby Murphy #7

May Flowers: Baby Murphy #7

The hardest day in our family’s life was May 26, 2020, when we lost our Margaret Clare. At the height of the pandemic, the world already in the midst of terrible upheaval, we went to the hospital expecting a normal delivery as we’d had 5 times before. From the hopeful...

Review: Oculus Quest 2

Virtual reality: the dream of a every 90s kid now finally accessible to the masses. A couple years ago, a colleague of mine — a major gamer with the RAM to prove it — introduced me to the world of VR on his Oculus Rift (the big brother of the Oculus Quest 2). So...

The Paradox of the Cross: A Star Wars Story

Some weeks ago, my attention was snagged by a title over at ScreenRant, Star Wars Hints at the True Purpose of Force Ghosts, which discussed why the phenomenon seemed only available to the Jedi and not the Sith. As I read with interest, these words stuck with me: “The...

Life Lessons in Child Loss

Life Lessons in Child Loss

Trigger warning: child loss. Eleven months ago today, my family suffered the unspeakable tragedy of losing our 6th child, Margaret, to Down Syndrome. What we expected to be the joyous birth of — by all accounts — our healthy baby girl was in an instant turned into the...

In Praise of Timely Signs

In Praise of Timely Signs

Nearly a year ago, we lost our precious Margaret to unforeseen Down Syndrome in the early hours of what was, by our planning, to be her birthday. A week later, we returned her to the earth, her soul already having passed to the mercy of our God who calls the children...

The Fruit of the Resurrection

The Fruit of the Resurrection

Today’s Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours includes the prayer response “fructus resurrectionis tuae, Domine, nobis concede” — Grant us, O Lord, the fruit of your resurrection. When we consider the fruit of the resurrection, we may think immediately of the...

Upcoming Improvements

A huge thank you to the designers at The Sprout Studio for their hard work in designing this site for TGC. Post-launch, a few things have become apparent to me about improvements I didn’t request as part of the initial design. I’ll be making those soon and I just...

Responsibility

Here at TGC, we take very little seriously. That’s why we thought it might be important to spell out those things we do take with an abundance of seriousness. Please take a moment to read through the following statements. Questions? Concerns? Please feel free to...