What a week this has been!
We had our last worship services, our last seminar and wine and cheese after party,
and now the packing.
This afternoon, in zero degree temperatures, my camera said good-bye to my dear cottage by the lake.
Last night we celebrated Christmas lavishly.
Each scholar contributed the three elements of vocation expressed individually:
- talents and gifts
- service to others
Artists painted, musicians sang and played, organizers instructed;
we each took a turn speaking, leading, praying, blessing.
Benedictine hospitality is famous for a reason, and it is infectious.
We who came as strangers are leaving as beloved friends.
Have we accomplished all that we hoped?
I can only speak for myself.
I wrote and published many essays this semester and have a few more in the hopper.
I interviewed monks and nuns.
I explored Central Minnesota and took two trips to the Twin Cities.
I’m packing up a lot of books I did not read.
And I have a list of blog post topics I haven’t gotten to. For example:
Modernist architecture designed by Marcel Breuer. How it influences the lived experience of this campus.
The story of how Saint John’s University birthed Minnesota Public Radio which also helped launch NPR itself and outstanding shows like The Prairie Home Companion and On Being.
A feature on Father Killian McDonnell, age 95, poet, and founder of the Collegeville Institute
Ha! The joke’s on me.
I didn’t have to write those essays.
If you click on the links above, you’ll find perfectly good stories already written.
Turns out, I don’t have to do everything I can think of!
That might be a good enough lesson for this Christmas season.
Can you let go of what remains undone in your life right now? Are you undergoing any bittersweet partings of your own?