Today is the feast of St. Thomas More. As Catholic Christians, we are called to follow his example and become heroes of conscience. My mother, Mary Deirdre, is the greatest hero of conscience in my life. Early in her pregnancy with me, she was advised to consent to its termination. She had experienced grave difficulties and bringing the pregnancy to term was deemed potentially life-threatening. Her response: “I am a Roman Catholic and if I have to die to have this baby, then that’s what my faith tells me.” I have often reflected that our daily life of faith – the dialogue between our ordinary circumstances and the Gospel of Christ – prepares us for the ultimate decisions faced by St Thomas More and my dear mother. In this spirit of intentionally living our faith, we feature “This Blessed Mess.” Patricia Livingston, the author, narrates this 4 CD audiobook. It is a contemporary Catholic Christian understanding that we work out our salvation in our daily living. Our Risen Lord appears in our mundane circumstances. Ms. Livingston proves an able spiritual guide as she deconstructs her personal stories and points to God’s presence among us. In her words: “We all do theology by comparing what we’ve been taught about God by others with what we find out to be true in our own lives.” Ms. Livingston expresses the fearlessness of Joan of Arc and the mysticism of Julian of Norwich in this conversation between faith and the realities of chaos and vulnerability. The author’s intimate familiarity with scripture and tradition, and her unflinching embrace of contemporary life, is so joyful that I immediately popped in the first CD again after listening to the 5 hour series! Thank you, Ms. Livingston, and thank you to all the faithful witnesses who help us to claim life as sacred encounter. Order this title from the Media Resource Center @ https://www.orlandodiocese.org/en/ministriesoffices/media-center, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)
Today is the feast of St. Thomas More. As Catholic Christians, we are called to follow his example and become heroes of conscience. My mother, Mary Deirdre, is the greatest hero of conscience in my life.