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The difficulty with the ego drama is that the "I" never perceives the "thou" as Martin Buber posited. In this fallen world, it is "us" versus "them." For some reason, the world does not aspire to the unity that is God, but rather perpetuates a winner take all approach.
7/9/2009 8:58:20 AM
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Russell A, Griffin
Your homily as usual is outstanding.

In context to the lessons for this Sunday, I still think about the average person in the pew at Mass. While some parishioners may think the homilist is living in another world, - nonetheless, most parishioners may agree, but they struggle with it. You and I are both priests. While living the priestly life is a challenge, it is a great reward and we know that we have been called by our Lord.
But, the person in the pew struggles with, "Well here I am now. I have a family with children to support. What does God have for me? Am I suppose to quite my ‘career’ and venture out on something else.” [“yes” if the Lord speaks to you like He did to St. Paul].

I guess in the end, I try to remind them that within their career, seek out were God may be calling them to be both a prophet and disciple. I believe people need to see where God is calling them in their own lives, which may mean where they are presently planted within the context of their own careers. I guess the answer is, let God transform one’s own career into a vocation.

7/10/2009 7:55:57 AM
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maria velazquez
Buddhist monks live and travel with no money, no suitcase, nothing but their bowl. It can be done.
Compare that to how Catholic Bishops and the Pope live and travel...
7/11/2009 6:56:57 AM
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Bill Cleckner
I LOVE your homilies, have for years! This is the first time I contact you and I hope you don't mind but I am a bit of a perfectionist so I wanted to inform you that Oscar Wilde NEVER said "the only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting what you want". What he did say was "the only thing worse than people talking about you is people NOT talking about you." Thanks for accepting this trivial criticism. Please keep up the great work!
7/12/2009 6:54:00 PM
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Dcn Hipolito Lagares
Thank you Father for your provoking homily. I listen every week. I pray daily for your service to the people of God.
7/12/2009 8:49:31 PM
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Your homilies always are thought provoking, and this one was more provoking than usual, probably because it deals with careers and vocations in a time when a paycheck is precious.

It would be nice to wait for some kind of eureka moment where we clearly understood God’s plan for us, be it in our vocation or other aspects of life. But it doesn’t happen. We often confront difficult choices, and we call them difficult not because we the problem is too complex. We call them difficult because our options are ambiguous. Whenever we evaluate our career options—as a freshman deciding on a major or a seasoned professional contemplating a career change—we don’t see a choice between going through the door God opens and the door we want to open. The decision is more nuanced and reflects real-world realities.

Sometimes the decision requires you to kick down a door, and the premise that we wait for “God to open it for you” is a Catholic/Christian mindset I find pervasive but counterproductive. It discourages people from using the abilities God gave them to solve problems. In the context of vocations, this mindset can send people on a wild goose chase of finding their one ideal career, that one profession where excellence comes effortlessly. What other criteria can we use to evaluate whether God’s opening the door or we’re kicking the door open?

I love the ideal scenario you layout in the homily, but I have a hard time coming to terms with it. How simple our lives would be if decisions about vocation were clarified by listening to God. But God simply does not open doors in such unambiguous ways.
7/13/2009 10:46:47 PM
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