A comprehended god is no god.

A comprehended god is no god.

A wise saying by saintly John Chrysostom

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Homeboy Industries

Today I had the pleasure of listening to a lecture by Fr. Boyle entitled, Tattoos On The Heart.  It was given all the way up in Walnut Creek.
The audience was asked to imagine the world as it should be, for that is our job, our work.  Fr. G., as his homies call him, asked us to imagine a place where there is no us and them, but just US.  He said, "God too busy loving us to be disappointed."

What circles do you see yourselves within or without?  How do we imagine a circle of compassion?  How do we gather those who are outide this circle?  He suggested that we try "stand at the fringes".  It is here that we can embrace and welcome in all of God's children into the dignity and acceptance and honor that is rightfully theirs.  Father Boyle suggested that we need to return people to themselves and said that all of us are exactly what God had in mind when he made us.  "You are God's dream" and our ministry, everyone's ministry is to recognize one another as the shape of God's heart.

Consider helping Homeboy Industries by making a tax deductable donation, eating at the Homegirl Cafe, or purchasing merchandice online at http://www.homeboy-industries.org/.  You'll be glad you did!

The Midnight Mission in Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One week to go

There is one week to go and the semester, my first semester in seminary, will be over. It is hard to believe that just a few months ago I packed my car and drove up to Berkeley with so many hopes, dreams, fears, and a lovely icon of the BVM in my front seat.

I'm thinking of Mary as the days begin to point to the Nativity of our Lord and wonder what Mary must have been thinking. She said, yes! Yes to the unknown. Yes to potential ridicule and danger. Yes to hope.

All of us, not only seminarians, have an opportunity to say yes to God. We can say YES to the unknown, undefined, uncharted future that is before us. We can say yes to the hope that is within us. Yes to paradox. We can say yes to kindness, yes to that space that allows those who are different from us and ourselves to be... to just be. Being. Pausing. Allowing someone that is in a hurry to pass, savoring the space that allows the expelled breath, that sigh of satisfaction, that nod to the Christ reflected and born again in the mind and heart.

I say yes to late night readings, yes to the moments of laughter, yes to preping for finals, yes to new ways of thinking, yes to new friends, yes to doing it differently, yes to preserving what is best, yes to making new traditions, and, YES to Advent's great pause. Everything seems the same, but everthing has changed.