Though I’ve gone back to regular blogging, I’m also continuing my discernment with the Called and Gifted process. Earlier this evening, I met with my small group for the first time. This is the venue in which the participants share their early experiences of experimentation. One aspect on which we share is our own sense of testing our gift. I mentioned that for me it is a true test. I don’t have a strong feeling if writing turns up as an authentic charism, or if it remains a hobby, a part-time livelihood, or something else.
About ten years ago, my spiritual director suggested I turn my hand to writing books. He thought the Church needed the insights of a lay person writing in Catholic spirituality. I confess I never really explored my gift at that time. If I were to return to it, I suppose it would be a long-term experiment. After all, one can’t really write an essay or two and veru easily say one has written a book.
My concern also is to overload myself with testing. I tend to be very enthusiastic about new endeavors. Already I’ve been testing things on the blog, sorting my feelings and effectiveness with my regular magazine column and a few articles I’ve been preparing for publication and/or submission. I’ve been finding more energy in writing music these days. Another exploration takes place tomorrow, as I join a friend to explore a mutual collaboration on songwriting.
I have to mention a heartfelt aside and thanks to the Catherine of Siena Institute for some really excellent material and resources. I commend the Called and Gifted process and would recommend it to anyone who is searching for their place in expressing the spiritual gifts.