If your spiritual compass is broken

This young man/little boy really, was so poor growing up that I bet he imagined  having riches beyond his wildest dream! Now he has them, and as most who do not work for the fabulous wealth, or whose talent is only one to entertain; he feels entitled to his wealth. He believes that it is the reward for all the suffering HE endured during his young. But what of his single mother, who lived in the projects of Startford ON, who worked low paying jobs to keep body and soul together? She is the truly talented one.

He assumes now that he has made it he can forget his hours spent on the steps of the Thomas Patterson Theater playing his little cheap guitar and singing covers of popular songs for what ever change people would throw into his case. His past he has created as myth, something that he has made mythical the makes him even more entitled to all his wealth.

What I wonder about is what will happen when this young man’s fame fades, as it will, and he is not as popular or he can not change to suit the new music taste, or he will not mature? What will happen if his “nearest and dearest” are not honest and steal from him, use him for their own gain and sell tell all about the boy. How will that effect him? Not well.

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director


  1. I’d say you’re coming off too hard and unnecessarily overly critical. Is there something he has done or said to warrant this post? The last time I watched a documentary about this boy, in which both his mother and grandparents spoke, they all were very proud of him, and he came off as more down to earth than so many of those rich kids we see. I credited that to the good parenting and Christian grounding given him by his grannies and mother. And in any case, why shouldn’t the boy be proud of his success and own it?

    This young man’s closest and dearest happen to be his mother and the grandparents that raised him, and the church folk he grew around, and I bet they are not about to rob him or desert him. Honestly, I’m trying to understand what got you to sound so bitter about this boy, enough to say ‘he assumes now that he has made it he can forget his hours spent on the steps of the Thomas Patterson Theater playing his little cheap guitar and singing covers of popular songs for whatever change people would throw into his case.’ You just sound so bitter, I’m sorry to say.

    Yes, his mother is a hero, but I doubt she feels about her son as you do, or would even appreciate your sentiments, knowing her son and his hardships better than you do. I doubt she would even agree with you, she a christian woman like you, who by all appearances has maintained her humility. That boy was not singing on those steps to beg for a living. His family could take care of themselves, even if they were not very rich, they didn’t need him to go begging. He sat on those steps and sang because he loved it.

    His ‘cheap guitar’ was bought him by people who love him, and I can bet you he still has it, even if he can afford better. The money he got from singing at those Theater steps, some he used to take his mother to holidays, paid for by himself, even at his tender age at the time.

    He his young, he works hard, and makes sacrifices you can not begin to fathom, because with a life like that comes so many trade-offs, that so many near-sighted people fail to see. And so what if he chooses to forget his not so comfortable childhood? He has a right to happier times, and to suppress tougher memories if he wants to. It is his life. He is a boy, living the life he’s got. If his fame fades, he’ll probably do what the rest of us, you, I, and everyone else, do: get on with life.

    I’ve been following your blog a while because of it’s christian approach, and this, your post, honestly, was a really cheap shot. There was nothing spiritual compass-ish about it. All one sees is alot of what’s called ‘hating’ and sourgraping. At the very least, next time, perhaps it would be in order to do a little more research on the object of your criticisms.

    PS. I’m not what’s called a Bieber fan. I just happen to be more objective.

  2. Gently said! A lesson I learned years ago not to “say” things when you are in the midst of a migraine and you are feeling a bit pissy!

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