From “I Love You” to “I Love You”: Learning to Love My Vocation

Published Nov 25, 2020 in Blogs, Prayers, Religious Life, Spirituality ~ Approx 2min

“I love you” It just was the most believable utterance of that phrase I’ve ever heard, while sitting in an utterly unremarkable conference room transformed with incense and song into a place open to worship; somehow breaking through the stubborn habits of conventional self-assurance I felt forced to carry. For some, a vocation is automatic, an easy skin to fit into. For others, God’s call is great, the response is real, and yet it is something one must learn to love. Take a moment to read and pray with a reflection about my vocation, and maybe it will illuminate something about yours.

Sometimes Social Media Becomes My Escape From the Daily Labors of Hard Work: A Poem

Published Oct 7, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 1min

There are times when I don’t want to accept my present circumstances, so I enter another world with more novelty and excitement. Yet when I turn back to reality, that world evaporates and I am left feeling more alone and discouraged than before. A recent chance meeting with someone broke through this fog of drudgery to reignite the roots of life within me, reminding me to keep my faith in what God places before me each day, no matter how small or mundane.

Transcendence: A Poem About Becoming More Fully and Authentically Human

Published Aug 26, 2020 in Art, Blogs, Prayers, Spirituality ~ Approx 1min

When I take a more honest look at life, with its’ beauty, and also its’ darkness and suffering, I’m drawn to see the meaning of seeking something that transcends worldly pleasures or pursuits, even the willingness to sacrifice those things. And I want to affirm this desire to “transcend” is not an escape from reality, nor is it inhuman. It is rather a call to become even more fully and authentically human concretely in the world. Chris Williams, SJ, invites us to see this transcendence in his newest poem perfect for prayer and reflection.

The Inspiration of “I Don’t Know”

Published Feb 20, 2012 in Uncategorized ~ Approx 1min

All of the dead deserve to be remembered in our prayers, poets perhaps most of all. Our Tim O’Brien remembers the great, and recently deceased, Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, the muse of “I Don’t Know.”