Too Busy for a Vocation

I don’t like the phrase “life is busy”.  It is too easy to use "being busy" as an excuse or to justify our self-importance in our over-programmed lives. When I’m tempted to say I’m busy, I often instead say “life is full” – which is a way of acknowledging that life is really good, there… Continue reading Too Busy for a Vocation

In Memory of Joe Palmisano, SJ

A Jesuit friend assured me that they only invite the most wise and experienced spiritual directors to serve on the 30-day retreat.  I’d had some not-so-great directors on shorter retreats, so my biggest concern about completing the Spiritual Exercises was whether or not I’d have a good spiritual director. If you have to maintain sacred… Continue reading In Memory of Joe Palmisano, SJ

By Waiting and By Calm

  I generally like to think that I’m a patient person. Lately, however, all of this waiting is really trying my patience!  Throughout this period of transition, there has always been something to keep me busy – writing assignments, part-time work, Spanish classes, job searches, preparing reflections for my prayer group, networking dates, trying new… Continue reading By Waiting and By Calm

Saying No In Order to Say A Deeper Yes

Back in the Fall, a friend of mine ventured this guess, “I bet anything that come February, you’re going to have four job offers, and you’ll have to decide which ones to decline!” While I was flattered by her words of encouragement, I was also feeling quite lost in the wide open ocean of unemployment.  I… Continue reading Saying No In Order to Say A Deeper Yes

Confessions of a Novena Skeptic

My friend Matt (Rounding30) was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma.  As far as cancer goes, this is by far the “best kind of cancer” one could have.  He has been assured by doctors and survivors that Hodgkins is curable.  He is in excellent health with no real symptoms (other than a big lump on his… Continue reading Confessions of a Novena Skeptic