How about a New Year’s purpose instead of a “resolution”? A look at purpose from two perspectives.
My name is Andy Otto. For two and a half years I was a Jesuit in the Society of Jesus. It has informed and transformed my life. I have a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology. I love travelling, swing dancing, Disney, and have lived in Boston, New York, DC, Jamaica, and Orlando.
You may find this odd, but one of the best prayer times for me is whenever I take a trip to the bathroom.
So what if I want white wine with beef or red with chicken? Our culture tries to conform to the expectations and the “supposed-to’s” of the status quo. Are we trying to be something we’re not?
The story of Martha and Mary teaches us about a more important kind of work that begins with sitting at Jesus’ feet. Comparatively, all other work is, well, BS.
Like materials that can change states with temperature (water, metal, plastic), we too change states but remain the same at the core.
Perfection personified is careful but not cautious. She burned her hands too many times before she learned to pay attention. She discovered that her greatest strengths grew out of her strongest weaknesses. Just like St Paul says: “Whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”
Josh Radnor once tweeted me. But you know what would be cooler? A tweet from Jesus.
I hadn’t gotten a speeding ticket in 11 years. Soon after, I noticed that my slower driving was done out of fear, not a desire to be safe. Often fear dictates our actions and keeps us from fully being ourselves.
Songs and smells are two of the most powerful recallers of memories. Praying with them lets God into the intimate details of your life. Perhaps those magic “sensual” moments are a way of God revealing something special to you.