Added on by Matthew Sutton.

So I play chess ...

Let the pre-judging begin. Yes, I play chess and I play it well. I play well enough to know better and well enough to know that I can sometimes hold my own against the strong.

But I am writing now to let you know what I have learned from playing chess:

  • achieve by being tenacious
  • achieve by learning from blunders or even leaning into blunders - sometimes your going all in and will go from blunder to gambit
  • achieve by seeking the best possible solution even if it takes the maximum amount of time - singular focus solves problems best
  • achieve by confidence - God knows the thoughts of men, but your opponent does not - maximize this insight
  • tactics matter - the big idea will not give you big results without sound tactics and 99% of sound strategy is 99% of sound tactics - achieve big by achieving small

My favorite chess books:

  • Chess Tactics for Champions by Susan Polgar on amazon
  • Easy Endgame Strategies by Bill Robertie on amazon
  • The Immortal Game: A History of Chess by David Shenk on amazon
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady (a colleague of mine at St. John's University) on amazon

You can play me on gameknot. I am henrythefifth.

heart's home prayer for care from mary's motherly heart

Added on by Matthew Sutton.


Faithful Mother till the foot of the cross! Since the beginning you stand by our side, looking after the family you founded, leading it always on new paths, carrying it further along.

Keep us in the Heart of your Son, in the heart of the Church!

Source of our smiles, and of our tears of charity, grant that we be comfort for the lonely, expression of your presence, sign of your tenderness.

Drive far away from us whoever wants to crush the passion you give us.

Protect us, for the sake of those who suffer, for the sake of the lonely.

To the members of our spiritual family, to each volunteer, present and past, grant a spirit of discipleship. That we may "follow the lamb wherever He goes," that we may fulfill our promises, and be faithful to our word.

Grant that our lives reflect the love of the Most Holy Trinity.

Put on the heart of each one, as a seal of belonging to Heart's Home, an immense compassion for every being!

Today, we come before you, with joy and gratitude, aware of our limitations and our many failures, but full of confidence and hope, and once again we proclaim:

"Yours is our family, Virgin Mary! And we are yours!"


ekstasis and ekklesia

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

ekstasis (ecstacy) and ekklesia (church) are so close - the "called out of stasis" and the "called out to assemble" are so close. This insight means to me that the mystics and the church are conjoined - the mystics and the church are joined together by being "called out." To be in the church is to be a mystic and to be a mystic is to be in the church.

real love is staring into the eyes of the Lord

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

He is always enough.

In him is our Yes.

The word of the Lord will not go unfulfilled. He has promised yes and so it will be. The kingdom will be made here. In this time now just because he wants to do it.

We live in him, in his loving eyes.