Will Goodman (right) and Jesus at Whitefish Mountain in Montana.
Will Goodman (or William Louis Joseph Goodman to be more precise) is among the most interesting people I know. In short, he goes around doing good, like Jesus did. (Acts 10:38)
What is your line of work?
I pray, study Catholic Church teaching, and engage in efforts to defend human life, human dignity, and human rights.
What is a secret about your work that would surprise people?
I would prefer to have talks and meetings outdoors in beautiful places. I have enjoyed giving talks at State parks, campsites, and on mountains (with and without snow!) I often take my phone, laptop, notes, books, and breviary to remote places in the country or in parks (where there may or may not be a cell signal by design) to do my work. I would rather talk on the phone next to a river or cliff than in a cubicle. Cubicles are for copying machines, not people.
What question are you tired of being asked?
I often get asked the same questions over and over again, but each person asking has their own reasons—so I should not be upset or annoyed. For example, I frequently get these questions: “What about abortion in the case of rape?” or “Why do you ‘hate’ gays?”
First of all, when life begins human rights begin; and mothers who are pregnant deserve solidarity, assistance and love. Women deserve better than abortion, especially women who have experienced the horrible violence of rape. Violence will not take away violence, only mercy and charity.
Second, “hate” is a sin, but marriage and family have an objective biological and social reality related to the procreation, nurturing, and raising of children in the natural state of an intact, monogamous, heterosexual marriage/family; I don’t believe biology or philosophical ethics or justice or the common good are individually or together ever “hateful”—thus, my position respects human dignity, the natural law, human reason, and the dignity of human sexuality which is ordered to reproduction and the formation of children, the natural family is the basic foundation of all society—this is not “hate” but a simple recognition of the nature of reality, the truth is never hateful, but always brings freedom when combined with authentic love.
What question would you like to be asked?
I like to be asked about what schools of philosophy I most appreciate. And I answer thus: Aspects of Platonism and Aristotelianism from the ancient age; the thought and method of St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas from the medieval period; the Personalism of Bl. [Blessed] John Paul II and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in the contemporary time.
I also like to be asked what books I enjoy: and I often will say “Anything by Chesterton.” But I also like the “Space Trilogy” by C.S. Lewis and “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien.
I am also very fond of those who ask me where I like to ski, mountain bike, surf/boogie-board, sail, and hike. [See this GoogleMap of Will Goodman's Favorite Outdoor Playgrounds] So much world… so little time.
What is some good advice that has impacted your life?
Well, I like the advice of the saints:
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” +St. Padre Pio
“Serve Christ in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor.” +Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
“Remember—you are not the sum of your sins, mistakes or shortcomings, no, you are a beloved child of the Almighty Father.” +Bl. John Paul II
“Verso l’ alto!” +Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
And the advice of a great pro-life, world-class physician friend:
“Pray, don’t sin, and picket, picket, picket! (in defense of life)” -Dr. Thomas Warner, aka “the Green Shadow”
But most of all, the Words of God, beyond all mere ‘advice’:
“I came that they might have life, and have life to the full.” +Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life
What song would you like to share with us?
I would like to share a song by U2 and Green Day “The Saints are Coming”. I share this because U2 is Christian and pro-life, and Green Day is pro-abortion and more pagan—yet they are both singing together about the importance of humanitarian efforts to help those in need.
It speaks to me of our common humanity, no matter our beliefs, and our innate desire to do what is right, and respect what is true, good and beautiful. I also can’t help thinking about the holy saints in heaven and on earth who rejoice at acts of virtue done out of love, and ultimately, the joy they will have when Christ the King comes in glory!
This song always motivates me, despite the lyrics indication of the inner human struggle to believe and have hope in the face of difficult situations—and believe that goodness is “a lie.” But through the theological virtues, faith, hope and charity, we discover truly, in many ways: “the saints are coming.” So I call upon them in prayer, and just like that… they are coming to the aid of the Church. 0:)
What are your favorite websites?
I like many websites.
Streaming music sites—sacred music, classical baroque, electronic.
The Holy See—for documents.
The USCCB—for info on the defense of religious liberty and the liturgical calendar.
New Advent—for apologetics.
ADF—for keeping up with legal battles in the culture war.
Facebook—for chatting and debating.
Powder & Freeski—for, well, ski videos.
YouTube & Vimeo—for videos.
Weatherunderground—for sports. JK. Weather. Duh.
Sports sites—right now the NHL site for Stanley Cup stuff.
Google Earth—for planning outdoor adventures, and just exploring. Lol.
What is something neat you came across recently on the internet?
Here are three recent favorites:
For maximum effect, watch this
on a big screen tv, with the lights out, lying down on your back and looking up at it.
And finally, the miracle of life
with some sweet CG animation and killer soundtrack… lol… the beauty of God’s creation!