Sorry for the lack of blogging lately: I was in Chicago and haven't quite caught up with many matters. Should be back on track now.
Lenten blogging should be an effort with all of the demands on our personal lives--seeing what it is that we must die to and then grow into a better way of being. For me, I find i can easily waste too much time on the computer. I was trying to curtail this by linking twitter and facebook together with this blog but all I did was create some ind of weird loop that repeated my name like 9 times before posting my item. Weird. Obviously I need a tutorial.
What have you decided to fast from, pray for, give to?
I am spending less time with television and the Nintendo Wii (although I allow myself a workout on Wii fit with my wife) and have given that time to my family (wife and dog). Our dog, Haze has been out of sorts lately and has started to act up. I fear he's too lonely sometimes--so I'm paying some extra attention to his training. He fetched a ball twice in a row yesterday and I was very proud of him.
My prayer life has grown thus far as I take time to see what energizes me and what doesn't and that has helped me grow in new ways and notice new things. In many ways, this blog has been a prayer for me and I'm glad i can share that with all of you.
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.