Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sunday Soul Session: Desires

I have been hearing and reading the words that follow along the lines of  “God honors our desires.”  Divine intervention would have it, but even my mom has been recycling that phrase recently. Yet one thing that keeps popping up in my heart the more I read it or contemplate those words - is that goodness, gracious it’s true.

When we think about those words “God honors our desires” - it sounds so lofty, doesn’t it? It sounds like there’s this high and mighty person in a cloud just zapping desires into fruition like a genie in the sky. But goodness gracious, is that anywhere further from the truth.

My experience with those words is quiet and humbling. That’s because, just like the Scripture that talks about how God speaks not through some tumultuous roar or some flashy headline, it’s that, in my experience, God speaks through the quiet of our heart.

I can think of all those painful, intimate conversations I’ve had in my relationship with the Man upstairs. Because that’s our relationship sometimes - where I’m questioning or shouting or offering my woes, concerns and dreams. And yet, like a best friend, He keeps those conversations somewhere in his universe and when the time comes for Him to answer me... it humbly presents itself.

I think to myself - ‘oh my goodness, gracious. No one on this entire planet knows that this type of situation is bothering me or that I have been praying for however long’ and then like a loving Father, a forgiving friend, a noble warrior, He speaks.

That’s not to say that God is that genie, but I think like young David was it? When the Lord asked him what he wanted, David didn’t want riches or lofty things, he wanted wisdom so that he can lead his people. So for me, that means, God truly honors our desires.

When that moment or when those moments happen to you - I promise you, you will be humbled and full of joy. It may not always be tied to happiness, please understand that. I think if anything, it lets us all know, we are not alone. Ever. Even in the darkest of moments, the daunting worries, we are met by someone who just... knows.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A New Vision For Teens' Futures in Ferguson

St. Louis, Mo. - The Oct. 3 ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Missouri symbolized more than just the completion of a building, it celebrated the healing of a community and a brighter future for its teens.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

VIDEO: Discussing Self-Care Catholicism

Does self-care just mean yoga mats and bubble baths? Find out how taking care of yourself involves you mentally, physically and spiritually.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Meet and Greet: DJ Zeke of Oluwaseyi

On this edition of The M Report’s digital podcast, Missy interviews international Dj/Entrepreneur Dj Zeke as he shares all the tea on the creative industry, his new menswear line Oluwaseyi and mastering the hustle. You don’t want to miss the encouraging words he shares for other fellow artists! Subscribe and be inspired.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

VIDEO: Rebuilding Puerto Rico

Young Catholic leaders from the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns' Youth Ambassadors program are back in New York after spending the first week of July volunteering in Aibonito, Puerto Rico - an area that was struck by Hurricane Maria nearly two years ago. Tablet reporter Melissa Enaje reports on the relief efforts completed by the diocesan youth and reactions from the Puerto Ricans from the Diocese of Caguas.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Soul Session: When Good Meets Brokenness

Reflecting on a mission trip to central Puerto Rico,
I couldn’t help but wonder, what is the source
for good to meet the needs of others? 
By Missy E.

Greetings from sunny central Puerto Rico! I covered a week-long mission trip to Aibonito with a large group of young adults and youth from the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ Youth Ambassador Program.
On the fifth day of the trip, we made way to San Juan’s Escambron Beach from central Aibonito’s winding roads in the mountains more than an hour away.
At the culmination of observing others for a couple days – from locals who were affected by the hurricane to New York visitors – I thought, ‘what is the source for good to meet the needs of others?’