In Conversation about My Vocation & Writing

Fordham University has produced a series of video interviews with Jesuits at Fordham entitled “Jesuits in Conversation.”  You can now watch my approximately thirty-minute interview, in which I discuss my vocation, my ministry and my writing, in particular the then forthcoming book, Already There.  You can access the video, as well as interviews with various other Jesuits, by clicking here.


What Needs To Be Written?

Some years ago, I contributed a list to Busted Halo of “Essential Reading For the Spiritual Seeker.” I was thinking this week what another list might look like, something like “Needed Reading For the Spiritual Seeker.”  In other words, what spiritual topics or ideas might be on your list of books you’d like to see on your shelf?  What might be of help to you, that you haven’t found sufficiently addressed in other books you’ve read about the spiritual life?

Some suggestions from Facebook folk:

The Christian Family and Spirituality: A Multi-Cultural Whatever

“What To Do When You Don’t Want To Do What You Should Do.”

Why It’s Taking Me So Long to Change, when I Know What I’m Supposed to Do!

How to be Holy even when Your Workplace/Family/Government/Certain Brothers and Sisters in Christ are conspiring to drive you insane

Holiness in late winter.

Spiritual Oneness.

My Informed Conscience Said It Was Okay

Don’t run away from my questions.


Thoughts For the Week, part 1

Part 1 of my interview about spirituality for young adults, and my book, which aired this past Sunday, is now available at Spirituality For Today.  You can find the link on their home page, along with links to articles and other interviews, or you can go directly to the interview by clicking here.  This was a panel interview with three interviewers, so there is a good variety of questions and comments from them, as well as from me.

Wake Up Call

If you’re an early riser, you can hear the first of a two-part interview with me on the program “Thoughts for the Week.”  The interview is with the tag team of Fr. Ray Petrucci, Fr. Mark Connolly, and Dorothy Riera.  We had a great time talking a while back, and finally it’s going to air!  Some of you might have heard of Fr. Connolly.  He was involved in the beginnings of the TV mass broadcast in New York, and spent his younger days working with Bishop Fulton Sheen on his famous TV show, “Life is Worth Living.”

The show will be broadcast this Sunday, February 13 at 7:30 am Eastern time (I told you it was early).  You can catch it on WSTC and WNLK, which can be streamed in Itunes’ radio/talk section.  You can also listen to it on their website:  I think it will also be archived for listening later, but I’m not certain of that.

Thursday Night Live From New York

If you are in the New York City/Westchester County area of New York, come join us for an event this Thursday night!

Fordham Forum at Westchester

A New Free Series on Learning, Discovering and Serving

Already There:  Letting God Find You

Thursday, January 20  |  7 p.m.

Join us for a lively book discussion with author Mark Mossa, S.J., whose latest book — Already There: Letting God Find You — provides a humorous and entertaining look at finding God in many aspects of your life through images in popular culture, lyrics and the human experience. Father Mossa will be on hand to share what his friends term his “weird insights” and lead this lively discussion. A book signing will follow the discussion.

You can find more info and directions here.

Today’s Discussion

You can stream today’s discussion of Already There here, or download it by clicking on “hour 2” here.

They were very nice, and I love the New Orleans accent.  Sister Bridget sounds just like one of my good friends from New Orleans, who also loves to talk about “Mama”!

Much thanks to Fr. Albert & Sister Bridget!

Join the Discussion!

Tired of hearing interviews with me?  Here’s your chance to get someone else’s take on Already There!  Fr. Albert Haase announces:

My sister, Bridget OSU, and I have our monthly visit with Sean Herriott and the listeners of “Morning Air” on Relevant Radio (go to find your station or listen live) on Thursday morning, December 16 from 7am-8am (Central). We’ll be discussing ALREADY THERE: Letting God Find You by Mark Mossa, SJ (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010).

I’ll be interested in what they have to say!  (I hope they’ll be nice.)

Check out Fr. Haase’s website.

Letting Love Find You

The best reviews are the ones that make it clear that what you’ve written has given somebody the opportunity to reflect on something in their own lives.  My friend Mike Hayes offered just such a “review” this week, by using my book as a jumping off point for a reflection of his own.  It’s a good one!:

” . . . As I look back on my life, I often see myself searching for love and occasionally finding someone to love. At times, I’m afraid, I didn’t find that love returned. Was love unable to find me?

As I searched more deeply, I realized a stark truth: Quite often in my life, I was too afraid to be found by love.

Have you ever found a person who just takes your breath away? Dennis Miller, the brilliant comic, said of the first time he saw his wife, “I’ll pass out if that woman comes anywhere near me.” Apparently, he conquered that fear. But often it’s not fear of approaching love, but fear of not being good enough to deserve the love of someone else. Perhaps even when love is found, fear keeps the revelation of self that we all have to offer back to our love from really happening. What if she doesn’t love that part of me? What if she doesn’t agree with my opinion? We act like addicts afraid of being unable to get our next fix. What if the love runs out?

Marion, my wife, helped me get over that. I think I fell more deeply in love with Marion when we had our first fight. Now that sounds completely ludicrous, but in fact it’s true . . . “

Mike has much more to say, and it’s worth reading the whole thing.  Check it out here.

“Marriage Counsel”: A Review of Longing to Love

In the latest America magazine, I review Timothy Muldoon’s wonderful spiritual memoir, Longing to Love:

“In a time when spiritual memoirs are long on dysfunction, anger and tragedy, Tim Muldoon’s Longing to Love offers a refreshing contrast. Though not a story absent a tragedy of its own, it is primarily a memoir of falling in love and staying in love. It is a compelling portrait of what many college-aged young men experience but rarely write about: negotiating the demands of romance and practicality while falling headlong into love . . .”

read the rest at America’s website.