My Struggle with “Privilege”

For a long time, I struggled with the concept of “privilege.”  The truth is, I know I am very blessed.  I have enjoyed many privileges in my life. But this word bothered me because I felt like it fueled the victim-mentality in our culture, elevating certain victims or underprivileged to a bizarre form of elitism.  […]

Why We Need to Leave Our Comfort Zones

Now, when we start to fulfill our mission of mercy, life will likely become uncomfortable.  This is good!  If we truly want to serve others at full capacity, we need to be okay with discomfort and change.  God loves to take us out of our comfort zones, because that’s where real growth and change can […]

How to Think Clearly & Dream Big

It started simply.  Deacon Matt Coriale challenged me to read the Gospel straight through, and I had never actually done this before. When I did, words jumped off the page and into my heart.  I became fascinated with the concept of owning less, and with the concept of giving up everything in service to others. […]

10 Questions to Discover (or Confirm) Your Mission in Life

If we’re serious about discovering and fulfilling our God-intended mission in this urgent time of mercy, here are a few questions we can ask ourselves to see if we’re on the right track: 1.  What headlines, tragedies, or crisis situations compel me to anger, feelings of discomfort in my abundance, or deep compassion? 2.  When […]

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept…

Yesterday we talked about how we are all being sent on a mission of mercy. According to St. John Paul II, mercy is “love’s second name.”  Fr. Michael Gaitley further defines Divine Mercy as “a particular mode of love when it encounters suffering, poverty, brokenness, and sin.” I believe that mercy is the most irresistible, […]