What is katabasis, you may be wondering? From the Greek, it literally means "going down-under". The term refers to the journey that various classical protagonists, such as Odysseus, take into the underworld... the place where they confront death so that they can be purified of fear and return to life with renewed purpose, passion, and courage. Ok, I know that Australia isn't exactly the underworld, but I thought the word play was fun! And couldn't we all do with a bit more purpose, passion, and courage?
I am a Jesuit priest working in the field of adult development, focusing on issues of leadership and spiritual maturation. Currently, I am serving as assistant to the president of Le Moyne College for Strategic Development and Leadership. The views expressed in this blog are my own. For the official position of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus or of the Catholic Church, please go to the appropriate source.