The world as it presently stands is growing in the scope and complexity of its problems, troubles, disputes and challenges. Perplexity, confusion, fear, worry, anxiety and hopelessness color the internal lives of more and more people in our mission field – Orange County, California. Adults are stressed out, over-burdened, over-indebted and over-calendared. Ask any teacher, constant worry and nervous-tension also grip students; junior high, senior high school and college. Our out-of-work young adults also do not escape this reality. To respond to the messy fretfulness in our culture – in our own hearts and in those of our neighbors – we root our worship and followership of Jesus in the thoughtful intelligence given to us in Word, liturgy and Sacrament.
Becoming still and engaging the presence of God
Core practices for spiritual growth are solitude – and its partner – silence. In solitude we can only hear two voices – ours and God’s. Our voice makes heard the inner shouts of our worries and anxieties, and the clamoring din of desire. In silence and solitude we discover both the voice of God and the reality that we are always companioned by the God who is already there.
Seeing the glittering sacredness of life
Contrary to the normal accounts in the news, God is healing the world. He has not abandoned his creation. In fact, he is coming ever closer to the world to reconcile it to him. God is renewing the whole cosmos in his image. This renewal and reconciliation happens through Jesus, the world’s true Lord and King. Art and beauty assist us in paying attention to the intricate details of life, thereby helping us experience the unfolding story of God.