About One Catholic Life
One Catholic Life developed out of an earlier blog I wrote called Literary Compass, which began on June 30, 2006, and ended on December 19, 2008. As my interests and goals as a blogger changed, and as I became more comfortable with the WordPress blogging platform, I started One Catholic Life and imported most of the posts from Literary Compass here. Alas, I could not import the comments, which are left behind on blogspot.com.
Here’s what you’ll find on One Catholic Life:
Books and Reading
I love to read and I love to write about books. Many of the posts here will be about the books I love, the books I’m reading, or the books I would like to read. The header image above shows several of my favorite books, though there are many more I could have chosen. For more about my reading habits and interests, check out the Books and Reading and Poetry categories. And be sure to check out my Catholic Classics Reading List and my Summary of Great Books Lists.
Faith and Preaching
Here at One Catholic Life you’ll also find spiritual reflections, prayers, and faith stories. I post my Sunday homilies here, or you can subscribe to them on the One Catholic Life podcast on iTunes. As a Catholic deacon and Catholic school teacher, you’ll also find me writing about the diaconate and Catholic education.
Live and Living
Nick Senger is a husband, a father of four, a Roman Catholic deacon, and a Catholic school teacher, vice principal and technology coordinator. He taught junior high literature and writing for over 25 years, and has been a Catholic school educator since 1990. In 2001 he was named a Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association.
A graduate of Gonzaga University, Nick was featured in Gonzaga Magazine and was a guest on CatholicTV’s This Is the Day. He is the author of ROMAN Reading: 5 Essential Skills for Transforming Your Life through Literature, and his articles have appeared in Momentum Magazine, The Bronze Gazette, and in Dynamic Catholic’s Teach Lead Serve training program for catechists and Catholic teachers.
The opinions expressed here are his own and do not represent any institution by which he is employed or with which he is associated.
Personal Mission Statement
I am a husband, father, and deacon
called by God to recognize, mediate, and cultivate experiences
that make God’s ongoing invitation to deeper relationship
ever more visible and compelling.
As a disciple of Jesus Christ,
I bear witness to God’s presence and saving actions in the world.
I actively seek to recognize the divine presence
especially in the experiences of the community,
and then express this presence creatively
through writing, preaching and teaching.
Animated by the Holy Spirit through sacramental ministry,
and grounded in
and a habit of gratitude,
I am challenged to risk vulnerability and open my heart.
I am called to savor transcendent experiences
and act as a mediator of meaning,
creating a dialogue between faith and contemporary culture,
helping people see the connection between their lived experiences
and the God who desires communion with them.
Staying true to to this calling
animates the community to serve others,
breaks down barriers of ignorance and fear,
creates a space for communion with God,
and opens a path to fullness of life.