Growing up in a regimented home run by a police officer and a doctor, I gained an early appreciation for discipline, education, and hard work. Since both careers required them to be out of the house at all hours of the day, I also learned to be very independent at an early age as a type of latchkey kid. It wasn’t uncommon for my brother, sister, and I to prepare ourselves for school, ride our bikes to and from, and then amuse ourselves in the afternoon until adult supervision arrived. We made our own meals and had to be self-starters in our school work. This was all before the age of ten.
Naturally, I took that family foundation and joined the military. My outlook solidified with Army basic training at Fr Knox, KY, continued through the regimentation of the Air Force Academy, and carried me through as an Air Force officer and eventual entrepreneur.
I have always been rules-oriented… I like to see things work the way they are intended. My professional life has spanned both public and private sectors; military and civilian cultures; spiritual and temporal matters. In all of them, one key focus is important: “remember who you serve.” I believe that most problems in this world would disappear if we would just keep our purpose foremost in our minds… our purpose is to serve. The challenge is to recognize who is served in every decision we make.
In the rosary, we meditate on the mysteries of Christ and His mother. The Virgin Mary shares in the joy of His coming and the suffering of His passion and death. She is present in the major moments of His life and was raised to join Him in glory at her passing. The rosary is a reflection on His life in Scripture, her life of absolute faithfulness, and our own lives imitating them in communion with His Bride, the Church.
This book is a collection of personal prayers for deeper meditation on the mysteries. Where The Scriptural Rosary follows the life of Christ in Scripture, The Personal Rosary meditates on our lives following Him. As we pray to “imitate what [these mysteries] contain”, we focus our meditation on how we can take up our crosses in daily sacrificial love for God and one another.
The latest news: The Censor Librorum (the priest reviewing my book for the bishop) has recommended the bishop grant my work a nihil obstat and