Endorsements and Affiliations

G.K. Chesterton once said, "I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees."

While I'm certainly not hoping to be memorialized with a statue in a park, I'm also not going to compromise my mental, physical, or spiritual health by seeking out or accepting the endorsement of, or affiliation with others. 

I've made that mistake many times before. Without fail, it always backfires. In the darkest hours of my career, when I've needed somebody to stand by my side, not one of my "loyal associates" was there for me. In fact, I was disowned, degraded, and defamed.

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Over the years, I've grown accustomed to attacks, to backstabbing, to smear campaigns, and to humiliation. I've had to rebuild and refocus my career numerous times. This is not to suggest I am a perfect person -- far from it. However, I made it through my spiritual desert the first time. I'm certain it won't be the only time I am faced with such challenges. It's imperative that we learn from our mistakes in life so that we do not repeat them. Among my mistakes was hoping for the support of others during the "ugly times" of my career - something that life inevitably sends our way whether we like it or not.

When I endeavored to create this website, it was by no means in hopes of becoming some sort of social media influencer, the next big speaker, or a best-selling author. I've seen the damaging effect the "cult of personality" has on both society and religion, and I want no part of it. Rather, I simply wanted to share my thoughts as well as some resources that have proven helpful in my spiritual journey. If nobody reads it, I'm not bothered. If somebody disagrees with me on something, I won't lose any sleep.  

 

However, if this website proves to be spiritually beneficial to one person, even in the smallest way, then glory to God that I have achieved my mission. 

The bigger picture, however, is this: I have a Spiritual Father who patiently tends to the well-being of my soul, I have a faith community that accepts me, and I have family and friends (that have 'adopted' me as family) who genuinely love me and will stand by me come what may. Endorsements and affiliations, therefore, are unnecessary and merely superficial. I'm content doing my thing with or without the approval of others. 

I sought endorsements for various efforts throughout my entire life. In the end they didn't matter even slightly.

 

Let this perhaps serve as a little parable.

 

The moral of the story: Serve God above all else. As St. John Vianney said, "Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels, and the saints -- they are your public."   

 

If you enjoy this website, thank you. If not, no worries. Either way, it is my prayer that God will bless you in abundance.

For what it's worth, I don't do the 'Sign of Peace' during Mass either.

   

 

"I have been all things unholy.

If God can work through me,

He can work through anyone." 

 

-St. Francis of Assisi

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