Hi I am writing under the name Boanerges and am very excited to join the BF team!
Firstly, about that name…it's the name Jesus gave James and John early on after he first met them. I love the idea that Jesus gave his mates a nickname – so bloke-y. It's not a high faluting honorific either… It translates as "Sons of Thunder"… referring to the fiery tempers and of James and John (although it may say something of their dad Zebedee too.. The original "thunder"?)
As someone continually searching to make sense and meaning of his own male spirituality, I love the image of two rough men of the sea being hand picked by the Lord to do amazing works. Heart over mind. Passion trumping finesse. Or as G.K. Chesterton later described it, "Letting your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair".
In my writings you'll get some of that too – a guy who may not have every theological base covered, but what I write is from the heart and gut and comes from a place of genuine devotion and love for the Church. Sometimes you'll agree with me, other times you'll despair … just as I'm certain Jesus did with his unruly mates.
So about me… I am in many ways a typical kiwi bloke – love my sports, my community and family – and save a few wayward years have always been committed to Catholic life. I have lived and worked in four of our diocese, so have a fair understanding of our national Catholic identity. I am married with children at different life stages – one new born and two teenagers . My wife and I seek to raise them in a church and community of rich faith, love and service, challenging as that can be in modern times!
I am an experienced Catholic school Principal who holds leadership roles at both diocesan and national levels, so from time to time matters relating to education and leadership will come through in my postings. Mostly I want to focus though on matters of culture, family life, male spirituality and our contemporary church. I hope you enjoy what I have to say, and if you don't, you know where the "comment" button is!