Written by Sherry
Sunday, 24 August 2008 16:02
I was interviewed last month for a Catholic Digest article which is coming out in the September issue and is apparently titled "How to Live a More Meaningful Life". (I haven't seen the article yet and had nothing to do with the title.). I am told that Catholic Digest has 2.5 million readers and even circulates in the Philippines and Trinidad & Tobago. If all 2.5 million want their own inventory, you'll have to give us a few days to print some more.
We weren't expecting it out so early but are starting to get phone calls about it and bloggers are starting to quote some of my comments in the article.
“Many people struggle with discernment because they don’t yet have a living relationship with Christ, and charisms don’t manifest and start operating in your life until your faith becomes personal. We have to help people address those fundamental issues of discipleship. Once you have a loving relationship with Christ, people are hungry and eager to discern.”
I have no idea what the rest of it says. I haven't done much of this and It feels odd when I read quotes like the one above. My first response is "did I say that?" My second thought was "Even if I didn't, it sounds like something I would like to have said." Which you gotta admit beats a gasp of horror at the statement being attributed to you.
(Not that I'm impugning the honor of the Catholic Digest interviewer at all. It's just who knows what comes out of your mouth when you are babbling as I am prone to do?")
Some of the fall-out is already clear: I received a call on Thursday from the Catholic Channel on Sirius Radio and they'll be interviewing me about the Called & Gifted process on the Morning Show next Friday, August 29 at 6:40 am EASTERN time. (And I live in mountain time!). Which is why home espresso makers were invented.
The Catholic truckers and insomniacs of the Pacific coast are going to get an earful at 3:40 am Friday. So I called Catholic Digest and said "could you possibly send me a copy of the article so we have some sense of what people are reading before they call?" So the nice lady at CG is sending it right out. Hopefully, I will see it before Friday.
If you, gentle reader, have found this blog because of that article or the radio show and want to know more about the Called & Gifted process, check out our FAQ.
If you would like to attend a live Called & Gifted workshop, check out our event calendar here.
And for all you right coast listeners: It is true that we don't have many east coast events. (Although we do have one scheduled in Greenville, South Carolina on September 26/27. Do check it out and call Kate to let her know if you decide to attend. We need to make sure we ship enough materials.
We have done a number of east coast C & G's in the past, but we haven't been asked lately and we go where we are asked. (We started out in Seattle and have slowly moving south and east ever since). If you'd like to have a live Called & Gifted workshop in your parish or diocese, just call our office or drop an e-mail to
If you want to begin your own discernment now as an individual, you can. You need a copy of the workshop on cd and a copy of the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory. Start with the cd and listen until the point when we ask you to take the inventory, Then take it and return to the cd for information about what your inventory scores do and do not mean.
If you would like your small group to go through it together, you can. Check out the C & G Small Group set. which contains one of everything!
And If any CSI readers stray across the article or the interview, it would be fun to hear from you.