28 January 2009

Blogging Lameness

I guess you have noticed that I make no pretense of a systematic blog. I know that I am not on top of things enough to be a source of information. I don't think that my opinions are worth much. I try to pass on things that instruct and delight me. These are generally things that have to do with getting me better connected to God and to the people I live and work with. Maybe they delight and instruct some of you from time to time.

One bit of good news: the letters of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati are to be published in English!

Another great book from Fr. Philippe. I want to get this one next.

12 January 2009

Back from Texas, off to Florida

It seems a strange thing to leave my work to go and talk to other people about my work. Is it really important to step back and try to get a bigger perspective? To try to gain from others in the same line of work and to try to offer to others what I have picked up as a university chaplain? Somehow it does not seem quite right.

What about distracting university students with ways to spend their time that is not part of their work? A men's retreat this weekend, the March for Life the next week. Is this really the best use of their time? Should I not be encouraging them to be educated rather than merely trained?

Like the members of the generation I serve, I long for predictability and order. I'm just not good at getting there!

Despite all these reservations, I'm flying off to Florida tomorrow literally to "write the book" on campus ministry. What I have to offer this endeavor, I don't know. But here I go. Pray for us.

02 January 2009

A New Year!

This year, let's pray more regularly, taking time for God in love. Let's seek spiritual direction to know the will of God in our lives. Let's allow time for silence. Let's be more generous in self-giving. Let's live in the present moment always seeking to serve and to love. Let's avoid the things that are obstacles for us: perhaps negative conversation, useless activities, temptations against purity, self-indulgence and vanity. Let's go to confession quickly when we fail. Let's seek charity in all things -- the love of God and the love of neighbor for the love of God. Let's be saints.