Father Richard Rohr has popularized the need for male initiation rites, and the following quote tells us why:
If a young man never experiences his own powerlessness, he will eventually abuse his power.
I’ve been dwelling on this concept for some time now, and it has really struck home with me over the past couple years.
In these past couple years, we have experienced a lot of change as a family. We have moved four times in the past two and a half years: Grand Rapids, Michigan to San Francisco; a cross-city move to the Sunset neighborhood; a move to Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley; and finally a move to a first-floor unit in our apartment complex a week ago [yeah it was close by, but trust me, there is still a lot of work involved!].
I lost a job. I struggled. I somehow maintained a calling. I gained a job.
We added, in God’s grace, a second son to our family. Yes, he’s cute; he’s also in the middle of tantrum season.
Though it taken some time to realize this, out of the four of us, I think all this change has especially affected me. Continue reading “power & powerlessness: the male journey”