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If you are young (or young only in heart!) and attempting to discover who you are meant to be, Fr. Mark Mossa can help you find the ways God is already in your life. Mossa provides an honest and entertaining account of how he, as a younger adult, now a Jesuit priest, attempts to find God's will for his life. Mossa's friends tell him that he has a talent for making weird (they politely say different) connections. He responds that images, lyrics, and repeatedly quoted lines from popular culture stick with us ...
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Overview

If you are young (or young only in heart!) and attempting to discover who you are meant to be, Fr. Mark Mossa can help you find the ways God is already in your life. Mossa provides an honest and entertaining account of how he, as a younger adult, now a Jesuit priest, attempts to find God's will for his life. Mossa's friends tell him that he has a talent for making weird (they politely say different) connections. He responds that images, lyrics, and repeatedly quoted lines from popular culture stick with us because they connect with something deep down inside of us and say something meaningful about our human experience. We need only take some time to reflect on our experience--and that is what Mark Mossa helps us to do--and we'll see that God has already been trying to communicate with us in unexpected and surprising ways.
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"Mark Mossa…seems to have spent most of his life growing up; he wants to help others through the same self-doubt, darkness and blundering. With chapters like 'Living in Palookaville,' 'Taking the Scary Bits Out of the Freezer,' and 'Who Told You That You Were Naked?' Mossa buttonholes the reader. After stumbling through most everything in life (that's his version of the story), he puts his practical insight to work for us.

"'Already there' is the seemingly casual phrase he uses—insists on—to tell us how he eventually learned (and has to keep relearning) that the Lord was with him through every dilemma, every pratfall. How does he convey this highly personal experience? Partly through one of his genuine passions, the movies. Do not scoff. Movies for him and a few generations before him capture the sharp pain of existence, of being on the planet without knowing why, Hamlet's cry about a world out of joint and feeling totally inadequate to the task—also, about the Lord being already there and then, when he has lavished his love, expecting us to move out to others. I took the author's advice and read each chapter slowly, as a meditation. I laughed at the recognition factors, the punch lines: 'I coulda been a contenda.' Mossa leads, but does not push too far ahead, constantly assuring us of the heartache and the heart's ache for a Lord whose love is ours already and who, despite our confusion, will never fail us."—Emilie Griffin, America Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616362119
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 152 KB

Meet the Author

MARK MOSSA, S.J., spent his early adult years trying to figure out where God wanted him. At 27 he finally realized he was already there. Two years later he became a Jesuit and now he finds himself a priest. In the process, he learned a few things, much of it from his ministry with youth and young adults in the northeast and southern United States. The rest he learned through movies, music, poetry, prayer, and from the many amazing people he has had the privilege to serve and live with, before and after his “leap” to Jesuit life. He currently studies and teaches theology at Fordham University in the Bronx, and occasionally updates his blog, “GODsTALKed: Pursuits of a Hyphenated Priest.”
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  • Posted September 5, 2010

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    Spiritual Direction for Young Adults

    Mark Mossa served as a lay minister in youth and young adult programs before his ordination in 2008. As a Jesuit priest he teaches theology at Fordham University. In "Already There" Mossa tells us a lot about his own spiritual and religious journey in an effort to help today's young adults figure out their vocation and, perhaps, their identity. The book grew out of years of reflection and prayer, Mossa explains, but is not a step-by-step guide. "Steps don't work for me," he writes. "My spiritual life has progressed in missteps...I'm writing from my experience of screwing things up." In my view, that's an overstatement. When I think of missteps and screwing things up in young adulthood I hardly picture a person who completes college successfully, goes to work regularly, leads youth retreats, and, so far as we know, avoids complications related to drugs, alcohol, and sex. His major weakness, it seems, was lack of direction and a penchant for bouncing from one thing to another in his young adulthood. His spiritual growth through that period is the meat of this book, which invites readers to make connections with stories from the bible, church teaching, themselves and others, and Jesus. In his first year of college, Mossa writes, he "lost sight of" his faith, but he regained it through a relationship with a girl deeply committed to her Catholic faith and the charismatic movement. He attended prayer group meetings and helped lead retreats for Catholic high school students. Ultimately Mossa finished college and attended graduate school while working at a variety of jobs. At age 28 he was offered two jobs: teaching English in Japan and coordinating a new parish-based youth and young adult ministry program. Mossa calculated that over the past 10 years he had been in and out of college, held more than 20 jobs, and sustained serious relationships with two girls. "The key to the future, I discovered, was not in all those things outside of me, but within me, in the true yearnings and desires God had placed in my heart," he writes. He learned that habitually moving from one thing to another in an effort not to miss out on the next best thing "can be a justification for a pattern of escapism." In this vein, and using numerous references to popular culture, Mossa offers personal reflections and insights as an aid to young adults seeking to deepen their spiritual lives.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    Go on a journey to find God

    just had the pleasure of reading Fr. Mark Mossa's Already There Letting God Find You. Does the title have you thinking to yourself "What? God doesn't already know where I am?" Well, yeah, He does unless maybe you have some stupendous ability to hide yourself from God or maybe you've got an invisibility cloak [which I'm pretty sure only exists in Harry Potter]. We can try to hide ourselves from God, but God does not hide himself from us and really, that's sort of the root of this book. Fr. Mark essentially takes us on a journey and shows us that God is already there and waiting for us to engage. In this book he helps us to see how God is present even when we might think he's not there or worse, is just standing by watching us struggle.

    Fr. Mark's approach to spirituality is rather unique. He uses bits of pop culture to show us how we can deepen our faith lives. He makes some connections that I'm not sure I'd have made on my own and others that I've noticed in the past. Some of his pop culture references will have me looking at a few books and movies a little differently. Of all the pop culture references he makes in this book, I think there was only one that I was not familiar with. I suspect this book will resonate best with people in the 20-40 year old age range (I know, it seems like a big gap, but when you're smack in the middle of it, it doesn't seem that way.).

    I liked how incredibly readable the book was. While reading Already There I just got the feeling that I was hanging out with a good friend. It's engaging, it's interesting, it's humorous and it has the ability to be life changing.

    This book is not one that you just read for a couple of days and pop on the shelf. Ideally, one would want to take their time with this book in order to reflect on a certain aspect of letting God find you, or rather letting yourself become open to a deeper relationship with God. For the purpose of writing this review, I read this book over the course of a week which is a shorter time span than I anticipate needing to read this book a second time around. It's truly a book that you'll want to mull over. Ordinarily I would zip through an easily read book such as this in the span of a day or two, but I took it easy because of the warning in the introduction not to rush through the book. Having made myself the victim of spiritual indigestion in the past, I now take caution when there are warnings about rapid consumption. And really, how can I push through to the next chapter when I come face to face with a chapter that tells me at the conclusion that "this would be a good moment to close the book and just pray in silence. The book's not going anywhere and neither is God."? Since it was evening when I read that particular chapter I couldn't argue. As long as the kids were in bed the statement held some truth. The book wasn't going to walk away (They have in the past, it's a problem that goes with the territory of having kids--things disappear and mysteriously no one is to blame.). Having read through the book at a moderate pace, I have to say that I truly believe that this book will reward those who read it slowly.

    I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book by the publisher, Saint Anthony Messenger Press, in exchange for my honest review.

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