So I'm walking up the street wearing (of all things) A Chicago Cubs jersey. They were playing at Citi Field that night against the Mets and my buddy and I were headed to the game. I was on my cellphone talking with a priest who I respect very much about a fairly important piece of business.
Suddenly some guy jumps in front of me and starts screaming (OK I will try to clean this up just a tad!)
"Holy Cow! You bought that piece of (crap) Cubs jersey?! You actually spent money on that piece of (crap)?! You've gotta be kidding me spending money on that bull(crap) team!"
Me: "Um, excuse me, but can you see that I'm on the phone here?"
Guy: "I don't give an eff what you're on. You must be on effing heroin if you bought something like that piece of crap."
I just went back to my call and the priest on the other end of the line said:
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.