I hate conference calls more than most other stuff. Truth is, besides our President, I don't hate a lot of things!
But I had two today that filled me up to overflowing.
The first was about the Making a Difference workshop next week at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York.
The second was a completion call for the Making a Difference workshop last week in Ireland. I was the only person on both calls since I'm the only one helping lead both workshops.
Making A Difference changed my life completely. I was on the verge of renouncing my priestly vows. I was so burned out and messed up after 10 years of ministry I wanted to do something else. What the workshop gave me was my priesthood all new, transformed, full of possibility and wonder and mystery. And that's what the next 20 years and the years since then have been for me: a priesthood that gave me life and possibility and wonder and mystery and joy and commitment.
So, any time I'm around folks from that work, I'm inspired.
Paddy, a Roman priest who is a member of an Irish religious order for African missionaries was one of the assistants who support the leaders and participants, said in the second call, when we were asked what we needed to say to be 'complete' with the workshop: "you are great people to be 'MAD' with!"
(We insiders refer to the workshop as "MAD" but never say that to participants. And Paddy didn't mean 'angry', he meant 'crazy'! Which we all are, a bit, believing as we do in coming from 'being' rather than 'doing' or 'having' and knowing 'transformation' is far more powerful than 'change'.)
Good folks to be a tad 'mad' with....Even on conference calls....
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