Something more for sincere seekers
Both Charles and Mike were part of a group that completed the Richard Rohr Living School in 2017. His journey includes business success, a battle with alcoholism and his resulting sobriety, including his thoughts on his current battle with cancer. Mike asked Charles to identify some key aspects of his journey and he provided the following – “Finding out I’ve always been okay; I just didn’t know it. Trudging the road of happy destiny. Giving up the merit economy so as to join the economy of Grace. Finally knowing God loves me because He is good not because I am good.”
Law and faith - journey of a preachers kid
John has a trial lawyer’s skill, coupled with a servant’s heart. Below in John’s own words is a summary of the essence of his journey.
My feelings about my Maker and my faith seem like unto John Wesley’s expression of his “conversion” experience ---
Aldersgate Day is celebrated on May 24 (or the Sunday closest) to commemorate the day in 1738 when John Wesley experienced assurance of his salvation. Wesley reluctantly attended a group meeting that evening on Aldersgate Street in London. As he heard a reading from Luther's Preface to the Epistle to the Romans, he felt his "heart strangely warmed." Wesley wrote in his journal that at about 8:45 p.m. "while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."
I have been fortunate to have multiple such strange warmings of my heart throughout my life. I live for them. I treasure them. Lucky me.
Michael Poffenberger, Executive Director CAC
In this episode, Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) Executive Director Michael Poffenberger shares how they are building on Fr. Richard Rohr’s vision for the organization and its role in the future of the Christian contemplative movement. Founded by Fr. Richard in 1987 as a “school for prophets,” today the CAC provides spiritual wisdom and guidance to millions of seekers around the world in support of inner and outer transformation.
Frank Cordaro 70 yr old Des Moines native, former Des Moines Diocesan Catholic priest for 19 years, co-founder of the Des Moines Catholic Worker in 1976. Frank calls the Berrigan brothers Dan and Phil his rabbis. His 1st arrest on the steps of the Pentagon Aug 9, 1977. Frank’s been arrested hundreds of times, in lots of places, for a wide range of issues over the years, spending over nights, to months in jails or prisons. Collectively Frank has done 6 years of jail and/or prison time, never more than 6 months at a time over the last 44 yrs.
Two weeks after 9/11 in 2001 Frank suffered a life threatening heartache. After a long recovery and an even longer decrement process Frank resigned from active priestly ministry in 2004. In a public statement he said he wanted to live, that his long standing conflict at maintaining celibacy was too much to bear.
Frank’s been living and working at the Des Moines Catholic Worker since 2004. Life at the Des Moines Catholic Worker has given Frank a place and tradition that allows him to remain Catholic and follow the radical Jesus he came to know in the Gospels and in the people he’s served over the years.
Interview with Cristo Rey's President, John O’Connor, and Director of Corporate Work Study Program, Ted Koppen. Cristo Rey Kansas City provides a Catholic, college and career prep education enhanced by an innovative corporate work study program to culturally diverse, ambitious students with economic need.
In 2006, Cristo Rey Kansas City opened its doors making an intentional investment in students of limited economic means across the metro area. Drawing on the educational experience of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and the Cristo Rey Network, school leaders set out to make college and career-prep education accessible for ambitious students.