Contemplation & Spirituality, Contentment, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Unfulfilled Potential

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do." Pope John XXIII Recently I had one of the most surprisingly profound conversations on this idea… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Unfulfilled Potential

Embracing the Ordinary, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Everything For Happiness

The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created.... Gaudette et Exsulte Instead of a half-hearted effort or begrudgingly offering a portion, Christ asks for our all. No more than what he gave on the cross and no less than what we have… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Everything For Happiness

Reconciliation, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Be Reconciled

Not just a prettier or more approachable  version of confession, the act of reconciling is instead, a richer and more complete description of what transpires in this beautiful sacrament. For, reconciliation means“to walk together again”[1] , to reestablish a close relationship in friendship, peace, and love. Confession is just one part of this sacrament replete with mercy, grace and… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Be Reconciled

Community, Reconciliation, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting:Necessary and Indispensable

"Three things are necessary for everyone: truth of faith which brings understanding, love of Christ which brings compassion, and endurance of hope which brings perseverance. "  St. Bonaventure Given the recent turmoil in the church, these last few weeks have been challenging to say the least. Conversations ensued revolving around what hasn't been done, what… Continue reading Worth Revisiting:Necessary and Indispensable

Catechesis, Mercy, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Catechesis of Mercy2

There are four core principles in the Catholic Church’s social teaching: respect and protection of the dignity of the human person, the pursuit of the common good, the value of solidarity, and subsidiarity—that matters are if possible to be handled at the lowest level, by those most affected. With each pope in succession, through  papal… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Catechesis of Mercy2

Pilgrimage, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Sea of Galilee and Mount of Beatitudes

"But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary..”  Just the night before I spent hours wide awake with no respite from the events of the day. In my thoughts I pleaded for sleep as I knew that, body and soul, I needed rest. Feeling a bit… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Sea of Galilee and Mount of Beatitudes

Spiritual Direction, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: You Lead I’ll Follow

Spiritual direction, it seems to me, is a beautiful dance. An intimate sharing of self, a gracious reception of the Other. Each step towards self knowledge is but a lyrical movement towards acceptance of the pre-existing dispositions and disequilibrium within our lives. Oh the freedom of  movement that comes with self acceptance! No longer are… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: You Lead I’ll Follow

Pilgrimage, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: The Church of the Transfiguration

A little more than a year ago I returned from a graced pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Each site now holds for me spiritual remembrance where, if I close my eyes, my soul is instantly transported. With words waxed poetically and where there were no words at all, God spoke.  Where the scriptures came alive,… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: The Church of the Transfiguration

Lay Ministry, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: An Invitation to Lead

The following article appeared in the University of Notre Dame's Institute of Church Life Journal a year ago on May 23, 2016. Since it was written, God has continued to move me towards new roles and responsibilities within the life of the church. Lay ministry is indeed a graced vocation, one that not everyone is… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: An Invitation to Lead