Every lifetime is filled with pivotal moments – things we are either subjected to (events beyond our control) or things we subject ourselves to (choices we’ve made) – that come to define who we are. These pivotal moments can happen at any time, and can be something as simple as the moment your parents signed you up for hockey (or not), to the tragic loss of a loved one, the first time you ignored your conscience and did something you knew you shouldn’t do, or the moment you dared to try something new and be something different. Looking back, you’ll see how that moment acts like a hinge, pivoting your life in a wholly new direction.
When I look back on those “hinge” moments in my life, there are many (going on a first date with my wife, picking the guitar back up again, deciding to go to Bible school…) – but one of the most memorable was one of my most embarassing moments. If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know there’s no shortage of embarrassing moments to choose from: trying to run through a plate glass door at age ten (and breaking my glasses); my first day of grade 7, when I walked into the girls washroom, then tried to explain to a pair of grade 10 girls that THEY were in the wrong washroom (the pink tile & lack of urinals should have been my first clue); or the day Deacon (now Father) Jim Corrigan caught me sleeping during his Sunday homily, and proceeded to announce it to our entire congregation.
No, this particular embarrassing (hinge) moment occured on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, in my first year of parish youth ministry (2002-03). [Read more…] about My Most Embarrassing Memory