A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
The late Delle Chatman was a writer, photographer and Catholic laywoman. In this 30 Good Minutes presentation she speaks about vocation as our pathway to immortality. She says that each of us receives a personal invitation from God to walk through life totally committed to the Divine will.
Delle Chatman wrote screenplays for television, homilies for her church, books on spiritual matters and taught writing to high school and college students. Her books include The Unteachable Ten, spiritual musings complemented by fine art photographs, and The Death of a Parent, a collection of 18 short stories. In addition to her writing career, Ms. Chatman was a filmmaker and photographer whose favorite subjects included Chicago's lakefront. Delle passed away in November 2006 following a long battle with ovarian cancer.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast was first aired in Decmeber 2004.
A New Documentary from the Chicago Sunday Evening Club
Divided Families: Responding with Faith
This hour-long documentary explores the impact of current US immigration policies on Amy and Carlos, a young family from West Chicago. Because Carlos was brought to the US illegally from Mexico as a child, they encounter severe penalties and barriers as they attempt to gain his resident status. Like thousands of families in this situation, they want to do the right thing, but there seems to be no path to follow. We tell the story of their decade-long struggle, and highlight the work of faith organizations across Chicago that are working to help families like theirs stay together.
Premieres on WTTW Thursday, October 16th at 9pm
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Conversation with Delle Chatman
Host Lydia Talbot in conversation with Delle Chatman on the topic of calling. Delle shares how her struggle with ovarian cancer strengthened her sense of calling.
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Reflection on Calling by Tom McGrath
Did you hear about the guy at the party who was asked, “What do you do?” and he replied, “When?”
The question “What do you do?” is not an easy question to answer. Each of us could respond to that question in a number of ways: A guy might say, “I sell computer software, I love my wife, I play golf with my friends, I go to church, I vote, I whistle while I do chores around the house, I shovel the snow for my invalid neighbor, and I make life delightful with my culinary abilities and my sense of humor.”
Our lives are rich blends of many different traits and talents and roles and responsibilities. Yet underneath all our multiple tasks, life is sweetest when we know not only WHAT we do but also WHY we do it, and WHO we do it for. It’s like the two laborers who were asked what they were up to. One replied, “I’m lugging stone from here to there.” The other beamed, “I’m building a Cathedral to honor my God.”
The truth is, our entire life is our work. And if we live it to the full in faithfulness and integrity, we will have found and followed our true calling.
Whether I am starting a new business, tending my children, or searching the want ads, I have the opportunity to somehow do it for God. I can offer my life and my work as a contribution to the common good. When I see my work as being done for God, everything I do becomes charged with meaning and purpose and beauty. Even when I’m home scouring the tub.
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