Without the Spirit, “I am nothing”

Without the Spirit, “I am nothing”

“For me, union with God is my everything,” wrote Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ, in his response to the 20 Questions project. “This is the call of the SCJ, union with Jesus in his self-offering to God for the good of all and, as we know today, the good of all creation.”
 
“20 Questions” is an informal Q&A in which SCJs and those with whom they minister and collaborate, share a bit about themselves through a list of 20 questions. All receive the same questions and are invited to answer as many as they like.
 
“I was born in Boston, in 1937, the fourth of seven children – five boys and two girls,” continued Fr. Bob, pictured above with one of his sisters. “My dad and mom lost three small stores to the crash of 1929. Dad then went to work for the post office for the next 30-plus years. My mom was a homemaker and the spiritual center of the family.  
 
Life itself is my hobby or pastime. Sorry, but that’s my initial response. Years ago, when having my life-changing experience of God, I realized that you get out of life what you put into it. I then committed myself to put my whole being into life.
 
“My favorite food is mint chocolate chip ice cream. No, maybe spumoni. No, chocolate. Okay, all three!
 
“I take much heart from the opening phrase of #23 in our Rule of Life which is a ‘welcome to the Spirit.’ For me, that means that everything I do to be more like Jesus is because I allow, I welcome, the Spirit into my life. Without that Spirit, I am nothing. In reflecting on my life, I live for no other reason, to offer my life to God, to be in union with the God-of-my-life. Without that, my life is an empty shell, a charade.”
 
Click here to read Fr. Bob’s full response.

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