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 meditations I offer will help you tell the story about your commute between who you are and who you are called to be.

Peace and all good,

Bob Burnham, OFS