Wikapediaing God

The number two google result for God leads us to Wikipedia…where you get a general definition of God as a supreme deity.

Karl Rahner defined God as the “inexhaustible one.” The “question which has no answer.” As much as we try to find out about God (through wikipedia, or Google, or other sources) we never really grasp all there is to know about God. At least some portion of God remains mystery. That is what makes God, God and us, not God. Rahner believed that even after death God remains mystery…which at first seemed disappointing to me, until I realized that this also means that life continues to go on beyond this world because of that same fact.

That has made me reflect today…while we strive for union with God (heaven) that should not be confused with BECOMING God. We will never be God. We will always be creation that may one day be united with God…but God will remain the God-self.

A book I’m reviewing, Blessed Are the Bored in Spirit, which I’d recommend for some light yet challenging reading tells us something profound about God.

“God would rather die than to be separated from His creation.”

Indeed.

Googling God

So my book should be released in Fall of 2007 (although so early copies will be available by July most likely). But in the meantime, I thought I’d do an experiement over the next few days.

I Googled God.

I’d like to provide a reflection/review for each day based on the web results that come up uder “God.”

Today’s first entry is from the first result: The Interview with God

While this powerpoint show is a big smaltzy, I can’t help but be moved by it, as have thousands of others. The journalist in me also wonders what I would want to ask God if I had a few moments to interview him…and then it hit me.

I DO HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO BE WITH GOD AND TO ASK GOD ANYTHING!

That is what we call prayer and I can do it as often as I’d like to. I do get answers every time I pray and many times they are surprises. Sometimes even disappointments come to me in prayer…most of the time with myself.

As each day unfolds am I truly thankful for the opportunity to interview God? To find out more and more about His love and His wonderful creation?

Or do I keep all the questions for others to half-heartedly answer?

Back from Vacation too

After Nicaragua we spent the week at the Jersey Shore, Ventor to be more precise. If you play Monopoly…you’ll recognize Ventor as one of the Yellow Properties. It’s near Atlantic City.

We were hosted by Marion’s Uncle Louis and Aunt Denise who were kind enough to offer us a week at their beach condo. We had a wonderfully relaxing week. Hit the beach, went to a minor league baseball game (The AC Surf–got a cool cap too), won $200 at blackjack, and had a wonderful dinner with Cousin Louis and his wife Amanda at Barrells a fabulous italian joint.

Back home for a week, putting the finishing touches on the new place.

While I’m at it, drop some prayers for my dad whose PSI (a measure that detects possible Prostate trouble) was up at around 10 last week. The doctor examined him and found nothing unusual so he’s going to have a biopsy done on Friday to make sure there’s no trace of cancer. He should be fine regardless but if you have a safety prayer lying around…please do utter it.

Back from Central America

Nicaragua was a blast once again. A wonderful group of people from our parish (probably the best group yet) travelled down with us. We did some major painting (of the roof, kitchen, office, and chapel), we replaced the horrible florescent light in the chapel and put a less harsh tri-bulb track light in–focused on the tabernacle of course, and redecorated the chapel (it now doesn’t look like a figurine marketplace). Of course we also did remarkable work with the children. My wife led a “circle time” with the kids a few times much to the delight of the staff and our crew. They enjoyed singing “dias de semana” (days of the week–which is a song sung to the tune of the Addams Family.

Our evening reflections were great…Missi Decker one of our retreat people from BustedHalo offered a profound reflection on her faith story which set the tone nicely. Susan Mantel, one of the leaders also offered a wonderful reflection on Naming What’s Important. Dana Evans and Kenneth Wright ended our week with talking eloquently about suffering healing and hope and our deepest desire. All worked hard on their talks and it showed.

Ok, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

“But Mike, what about the adoption news??”

We are in line for a child is the short answer. We have placed our request with the ministry of child protection and they in turn will be searching for a child for us. None of the children at Hogar Belen fit our criteria or are eligible to be adopted at this time–although their status could change over time. But most likely, our child will be female, between the age of 1-5 and be from a home other than Belen.

We should know some news in a few months. We now have a lawyer (Nubia, who is fantastic) in Managua who is working hard on our case.

What else? I have some great pictures which I’ll post later in the week. Maybe they will be fodder for some reflecting as well.

Subway fears

So last night the usual subway I transfer from to go home got shut down briefly because of the torrents of rain we had.

So I took the D train three stops (or should say TRIED to) to the 7 train to get home.

BIG MISTAKE.

The train got stuck between stations and we sat there for 45 minutes. Mind you it takes me a half hour usually just to get home.

Everyone suspected terrorism—this is what we’ve come to.

Nicaragua Trip

On Saturday, I head to Nicaragua for our mission trip to the orphanage Hogar Belen in Managua (also known as the land that cool breezes have forgotten).

Please offer prayers for our group of 19 from St Paul the Apostle in Manhattan and for the children and staff of the orphanage.

I’m a bit worried about travelling with the recent liquid bombing attempt in Britian and I’m not easily spooked when it comes to travel. The government has done a good job out of scaring the pants off of us. So also pray for safe travel.

In other news regarding our trip, Marion and I have been recommended to look at other orphanages in the area as they have more children ready to be adopted (abandonment issues are taken care of, no parents, within the right age). Since we’re “older parents”– I’m 36 and Marion is, (WHACK!) ahem, a bit more experienced than I–we need to adopt a child who is around 2-5 years old. So hopefully we will be able to see who our child will be on this trip with God’s help. It’s been a trying summer for us, between moving, Marion changing jobs, and the strangeness of not knowing where our adoption plans really lie, so pray for us and for our continued committment to one another. We could use some support.

Oh yeah…and if any of you could spare a dime…

We’re still taking donations for the trip (we’re about $400 short of our $3000 goal).

Send donations to:

Mike and Marion Hayes
Mustard Seed Trip
c/o BustedHalo.com
415 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

Thanks,
PM@gg

Googling God the Book

I just sent an updated manuscript to Paulist Press. Fr. Mike Kerrigan, my editor just returned from a much needed vacation, so he should get back to me next week on how good or not so good it is.

The book generally is in three parts:

1) Who are young adults? Especially on the differences between milennials and Gen X Young Adults. And what is working well in ministry?

2) Interviews with young adults I have worked with in my ministry nationwide on what are their religious longings and experiences in ministry.

3) A how-to section on young adult ministry complete with some resources.

Hopefully it will be out this fall or winter 2007.