Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A comment from Michael

"Today, I submitted my responses to all the comments that people have made. I have individually responded to all the comments and people can find my responses under each posting. I just want you all to know that I am taking this seriously, and the time you are taking to engage in this conversation is much appreciated."

Please feel free to email Michael at

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 to continue discussion

Thank you again to all the people who responded to the postings. As this might be the last posting about the conference in Rome, I want to ask you if we are ready for a change.

As I was reading the comments I saw that most of the people agreed on the fact that we need to be more open minded, that we need to learn more about the dialogue and the art of asking the right questions. At least I know that I need to. So the question is whether we are ready to start doing this right now.

Obviously, it is very easy to remain closed-minded. In a way it is empowering and can protect us from the rest of the world but is it wise to hide? We can spend the rest of our lives in a cocoon without worrying what the outside has to offer but will this make us better, stronger, wiser?

As I mentioned before, soon this conference will become history. If nothing is done it will be just a collection of nice pictures to remind primarily those who attended of what was possible. But yesterday is history. What is important is what happens today, what happens tomorrow. It is for us to decide if we will try to learn more about the dialogue or if we will choose to get caught up in all the extensive lists of to-do’s.

Currently, I am working on setting up another blog – that will talk about all the issues that I emphasized were important to me.

I would appreciate if people who are interested would send me an e-mail ( If you want to make an extra effort send me a question that bothers you and I will post it on the site in a section of Q. I know that by asking you to do this I am asking you to postpone some of the other activities you are involved in, but perhaps it is be worth it. At the end what can be more important than trying to understand who we are? It is better to to do it now than in 20-30 years when it might be too late. I constantly meet people who hit a midlife crisis because they have no idea how they ended up living the life they have.

Since dialogue is so rare to be found wouldn’t it be exciting to have the first Dialogue on Dialogue on Xavier’s campus? If you are interested send me an e-mail, if you are not interested send me an e-mail too. The time is now, if we do not act today, it will be harder each following day.

My e-mail is I urge you to respond.

The Pilgrims

Monday, October 29, 2007

Where Do We Go From Here?

Michael wanted me to let everyone know that he has responded to all the blog comments. If anyone still wants to contact him, feel free to e-mail him at

He also wants to know what the next step should be: a presentation about the trip, a meeting about dialogue,...?

Drop Michael an e-mail with your thoughts.