Who's this "Bob" Guy?

A friend once asked me, "Bob, what is your relationship with God like?"

Surprised, I gave what was probably an honest answer: "I don't know. Antagonistic, mostly."

Little did I know at the time that this question would prompt a journey to discover and understand what my relationship with God was really like.

This journey is a religious one--I am Catholic, and the Tradition of the Church gives me the vocabulary I need to speak about the Divine. This journey is also a spiritual one: it is one where I seek to encounter the Divine, going beyond knowledge of Scripture, doctrine, and dogma. Most importantly, my journey is a mystical one: I seek to encounter the Divine primarily in the depths of my own inner experience.

This journey seems like I am constantly going back and forth between who I am and who I am called to be: hence, I call it my commute. Slowly, I am beginning to learn that the Christ who lives in me is not found at the beginning or the end of the journey; rather, I find Christ in the commute between who I am and who I am called to be.

Canoeing on the Fox River. Taking Metra is easier.

Canoeing on the Fox River. Taking Metra is easier.

I am not a scholar or a theologian, nor am I ordained. I am just a guy named "Bob" who takes seriously the counsel of the Blessed Virgin Mary when she said to the servers at the wedding in Cana, "Do whatever he tells you." (John 2:5). Much to my surprise (and to the surprise of many old friends), listening to Jesus Christ speak to my heart has lead me to profession in the Secular Franciscan Order; it has led me to be a catechist at my parish; it has led me to become a spiritual director, and it has led me to share my experiences of the Divine, where I find God--that is, love, mercy, and compassion--in all things.

I hope the stories of my spiritual commute will help you find intimacy with the Divine on your commute between who you are and who you are called to be.

Peace and all good,

Bob Burnham, OFS