The Journey of Names


Lately, I have been pondering: “How do we know who we are?”  Some of our knowledge about ourselves comes from our own adventures and misadventures but I suspect that there is more to knowing ourselves than strictly what we bring to the table!  On a trip to Kona a Hawaiian mother revealed to me, as if to her child, that my Hawaiian name is  Kahuna-pule Kimo.  When she spoke it I felt as if Hawaiʻi was revealing me to myself in this latest phase of my evolving names.

CLICK HERE FOR LARGERBefore entering monastic life my name was Robert, although in my family I am and remain to this day Bobby.  When I entered New Skete Monastery in 1978 I was given the name James, thereby becoming Brother James.  When I was ordained to the priesthood in 1996 I became Father James.  And on a trip to…

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