Preaching the naked truth in L.A.
Homily for Trinity Sunday 2005 by Deacon Eric Stoltz. Stoltz is a successful website developer. Go HERE to see some of the sites he has designed and HERE for a photo of the good deacon fully clothed.
"A few years ago I was in Puerto Vallarta with a group of friends. We were waiting to be seated in a restaurant. It was loud, everyone was talking and laughing, and I wasn’t in that space. Little things about my friends started bugging me, and I felt a great sense of unease. So I excused myself and took a cab back to the resort.
It was about midnight, and I was walking on the private beach trying to figure out why I felt so upset. My stomach was in knots, my heart was beating fast. I tried to categorize and analyze the many little imagined offenses I was harboring, wanting to free myself from all this pettiness amid the crashing and roaring of the ocean.
Then, I don’t know why, I took off my clothes and sat on a rock at the edge of the waves. I sat there for a long time, with the waves sometimes crashing over my shoulders and sometimes only wetting my toes. I looked out at the dark waters. And I realized that the ocean is like the love of God."