You may not have thirty minutes to watch the “Jesuits in Conversation” interview mentioned below, so here’s an eleven minute version, which hits some of the highlights:
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.
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.
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: wstcwnlk.com. I think it will also be archived for listening later, but I’m not certain of that.
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.
If you’re near NYC or can get here at the end of January, this conference featuring Fr. James Martin, Donna Freitas, and many other fine speakers would be well worth attending. I’ll be there too!
You can find more information at the conference website.
Twenty-Somethings and the Church
FORUM | Friday, 28 January 2011 | 6–8 p.m.
CONFERENCE | Saturday, 29 January 2011 | 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Pope Auditorium | Lincoln Center Campus
Fordham University | 113 West 60th Street
Twenty-somethings raised as Catholics are swelling the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated, yet many hold traditional beliefs about God and express spiritual yearnings and the desire to serve. This forum and conference will examine their fraught and often tenuous relationship with the Church.
Participants will explore the data, issues and dilemmas, as experienced in the cultural, economic and religious contexts of twenty-somethings—from sexuality to spirituality.
The speakers include leading experts and practitioners: James Davidson, Robert Putnam, Melissa Cidade, David Campbell, Carmen Cervantes, Donna Freitas, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Tom Beaudoin, Rachel Bundang, Bill McGarvey, Marilyn Santos, Tami Schmitz, James Martin, S.J., Rev. Robert Beloin, and twenty-somethings themselves.
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!
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 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.
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 . . .”
You can listen to the show on their website archive. Go to the September calendar, and click on my name which appears on September 30. You can stream it, or download the mp3 to your computer (takes about 3 minutes). If you have a chance to listen, I’d love to have you post your thoughts or questions in the comments for this post!