Going Home


After 10 days, today I am headed home. I travel quite a bit, but normally the trips are shorter. This one took me from Seattle to Orlando. As planes flew over the continental United States, there were a whole lotta people on the ground. It really is amazing to think about: all those people, each with their own story, their own set of trials and triumphs.

Not all of those people, unfortunately, have someone waiting for them at home. They live lives in isolation: unable to feel the loving touch of another human being, unable to hear a caring voice say “I love you,” unable to see a smile on the face of a loved one who has waited long enough. For them, going home is not an option.

It would be easy to say that if they have Jesus, they are never alone. To lean on that reality to silence our consciences is not what Jesus Christ ever intended. We are built for community. We are built for relationship. And when someone has rarely experienced a meaningful human relationship, how will they know when they are experiencing the hand of God upon them.

Today, who is out there that lives in solitude against their will? Can you be home for them? Today, I am going home.  I can’t imagine not having that option.


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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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