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I am not someone that is drawn towards ADVENTURE! I confess...I worry. I am a homebody. I often play it safe. Because of this I picked RISK as my OLW last year and FLY this year. ADVENTURE still seems too big for me. When I stop and reflect on what ADVENTURE really means, I do like an ADVENTURE. That word reminds me of my childhood. I remember my dad saying, "We're going to go on an ADVENTURE!" I wonder as I write this, When did I get so scared?
My spiritual journey and ADVENTURE?!?! Hmmm, believing in God is not a risk to me. My faith is there. Sharing it can sometimes be risky. I continue to work on that and grow. I was raised to believe in God, but not talk about it. No one talked about faith. It was a given. We believed. We went to church. When I think about ADVENTURE in my spiritual journey, I worry that I am not ADVENTUROUS enough. Have I mentioned that I am a worrier? I try no to be...but being laid back and relaxed does not come naturally to me. I came by this honestly...my grandmother was a world class worrier. Anyway, I feel like I should be traveling to the ends of the Earth on mission trips. That would be a spiritual ADVENTURE. I can't do it. Not yet...maybe someday.
My spiritual ADVENTURE hero is Father Gregory Boyle. He is a Jesuit priest who lives and works with the gangs in Los Angeles. He started Homeboy Industries. I am reading his book Tattoos on the Heart. To me, the life Fr. Boyle is living is a spiritual ADVENTURE. I admire his compassion and his bravery to do the work that is needed. He sees Jesus in everyone. One of my favorite lines in the book is about a waitress who shows kindness, "She is Jesus in an apron."