Friday, July 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

“Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
--Pedro Arrupe SJ (1907-91)
28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus

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Sure, the feast of the Company's saintly founder might not come 'til Sunday -- and advance tidings to the Jebbies among us in its run-up. Still, at the close of the wildest, most brutal six months this scribe's known -- and, barring the Apocalypse, probably ever will know -- at this work, the reminder seems useful to the lot of us of what, at its heart, Everything Is All About.

Indeed, and in ways that'd take too boringly long to explain, the lines above are the story of my life, albeit put far more elegantly -- not to mention succinctly -- than this one ever could.

Honestly, though, it feels like a minor miracle to still be standing and -- at least, to some debatable degree -- to have remained in one piece through a surreal cycle, both at home and beyond, professionally and emotionally alike.

And at its end, church, suffice it to say... finally....

WHEW. *Wipe brow*

To one and all, blessings on your weekend, and thanks beyond words for being along on the ride (and, to be sure, keeping this journey afloat). Sometimes the road can be bumpier than any of us would want... even when it is, though -- and for each of us, it's always going to be at one or another point -- it's the goodness of friends that doesn't just keep us safely aboard, but unable to even think of wanting to be anywhere else.

All that said, these last months have made for quite the walk....

Given that, please God, here's to a quiet August. Lord knows we'll all need it to prep for what's ahead.