Media Center Pick of the Week: This Blessed Mess

In my mid-fifties, scenes from my life emerge in my imagination at seemingly odd times. Having worked in emergency services, I can scarcely drive around Central Florida without recalling critical situations.

 

In my mid-fifties, scenes from my life emerge in my imagination at seemingly odd times. Having worked in emergency services, I can scarcely drive around Central Florida without recalling critical situations. My daughter married, moved to the Midwest and has a daughter of her own but I remember our times together wherever children play. As a Catholic Christian, I am thankful for the gladness and sadness. Henri Nouwen wrote: “The call to be grateful is a call to trust that every moment of our life can be claimed as the way of the cross that leads us to new life.” In the spirit of intentional living in the presence of God, we feature “This Blessed Mess.” Patricia Livingston, the author, narrates this 4 CD audiobook. Recognized by US Catholic magazine for championing the role of women in the church, she is a noted teacher, author and retreat master. 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 our life as sacred encounter. Please use the on-line Order Form and request this audiobook or search related titles with the key words: woman spirituality @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).