Maturity

grow_460Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is also a popular speaker.

Recently, Rolheiser suggested a list of 10 major demands that reside inside both human and Christian maturity:

1. Be willing to carry more and more of life’s complexities with empathy
2. Transform jealousy, anger, bitterness and hatred rather than give them back in kind
3. Let suffering soften rather than harden our souls.
4. Forgive
5. Live in gratitude.
6. Bless more and curse less.
7. Live in an ever-greater transparency and honesty.
8. Pray both affectively and liturgically.
9. Become ever-wider in our embrace.
10. Stand where you stand and let God protect you

You should read the full article as he expands in each demand. But, two questions come to mind.  How might we encourage young people to grow into maturity?  More importantly, how are doing ourselves?

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



Questions or Comments?

Join the conversation about Maturity over in our Facebook group. GO THERE NOW