“There are two important days in your life, the day you are born and the day you figure out why you were born.” Words from Boniface Mwangi in today’s TED Talk.
I remember the day when I realized that I was no long afraid, the day I realized why I was born. Actually, I slipped quietly into the church doors on Belmont Avenue in Chicago hoping no one would notice. I was going to an AA meeting. That was nothing new, I’d been doing that for seven years. This meeting however, was identified as a “Gay” AA meeting. I was afraid going in wondering what would people think who saw me doing that.
I’ve learned that no one paid any attention to my going in. The only people who paid attention were the beautiful people gathered for the meeting who welcomed me accepting and loving me for who I said I was, not for the person I thought they wanted me to be. That was 25 years ago and I’m still spreading the Good News, God doesn’t make junk and by saying yes to who I am, I now truly live.
We are a community of laymen and laywomen who, with vowed Passionists, seek to share in the charism of St. Paul of the Cross through prayer, ongoing spiritual formation, and proclamation of the message of Christ Crucified.