The weeks have been exceedingly busy, hence no space for ‘kindled writing’ in my mind. This frenetic stretch should lessen in a week or so. In the mean time, three things.
- Happy Feast to all Religious men and women who have consecrated their lives to God for the sake of Christ’s Body, the Church. We Neals are exceedingly grateful, as our lives have been profoundly impacted by the Brotherhood of Hope, Trappists, Benedictines, Carmelites, Dominicans, Jesuits, Missionaries of Charity, Daughters of Charity, Trinitarians, Franciscans, Apostles of the Sacred Heart, Oblates of the Virgin Mary, Maryknolls, Marists, Marian Fathers, Basilians, Camaldolese, Bethlehem Hermits, the Community of Jesus Crucified … just to name a few. These have lived out for us the words of W.H. Auden, “You owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at.”
- Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Miller for introducing me to this example drawn from the Transformational Business Network. It epitomizes a facet of the “secular genius” of the laity, bringing the leaven, salt, light and fire of the Kingdom into the world of business. It made me think of Frederick Buechner’s famous line, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
- Today’s date is a palindrome! 02022020. That hasn’t happened in over 900 years. In honor of it…..