I am David. Yes, my last name is as it sounds from outlawed Irish Catholics who chose to obey God’s laws over man’s, keeping the Faith while underground through centuries of Protestant English government outlawing and persecuting Catholics. I was a happy kid until talking age, when bitterness began to creep in while I struggled hard to communicate, due to a speech impediment caused by an autistic disorder. Even when I was able to talk around 7-8 years old, I felt real understanding would never happen.
God remained though, teaching and fostering in me a deep love of learning, building, growing, music, history, theology, philosophy, outdoors, and all the true, good, and beautiful of Catholic culture, endowing me with what the world might call a handy-hardworking-renaissance-man, who could come up with a solution to just about anything you didn’t even know was possible;) I conceitedly attributed these goods to me and for misfortunes I blamed circumstance. I had everything perfectly backwards, reversed, and upside-down!
Blind, and ungrateful as I was, that didn’t stop Him coaxing me toward real freedom from my tangled mess of bitter resentment, and in the spring of 2019, through a chain of graced happenings, He lead me through a general confession to full-out deliverance from my locked up, mute, and lonely darkness, so that I can now speak, and see that I am heard, known, loved, and never alone.
Since then, I’ve been abiding in the Father’s Love like never before, and having crawled and toddled in this way for a few years now, I am just starting to feel like I can run! Sending me on 2 CMT spring missions and a full summer of missions in 2022, Christ gave me abundant opportunities to encounter Him in others to really hear, know, and love others with His own Presence and Sacred Heart, and to see them experience that same freedom, in Him, expanding my own heart in His, in theirs every time.
So grateful to be sent to even more missions with CMT! I sincerely hope and pray that all of you may experience His Loving Presence beyond all doubt, and receive the grace to give whole heartedly to God’s mission in just the way He calls you to, and truly taste the Joy and Peace of Christ in mission that floods our hearts every time we finally “Go, sell all you have, give to the poor, and come, follow me.”
Favorite Saint: Joseph of Nazareth
Favorite Quote: “Jesus” -Joseph naming Jesus Mat. 1:25
Favorite Scripture: John Ch. 17 -the powerful Love of Father and Son being manifested by the words of the Word filling a whole chapter, epic prayer to close out Christ’s final discourse with His disciples before His passion. Must read this 17th chapter of John!