On one of my final days in Rome last week, I woke up to quite a surprise when the city was blanketed in snow. Many took on the delight of children again, making snow “people,” running and laughing with joy. Everything else seemed to come to a stop. It became for me a good day to pack and prepare to return home.
As my flight took me first to Amsterdam, I had requested a window seat, knowing we would cross the Alps. Was I ever rewarded! All that new snow shone in a brilliant sun. Mountains are often used as metaphors for the strength and presence of God, and flying over the tops of them brings one to sheer awe, silence, and humble contemplation.
Now, it’s truly good to be home. Ministry among young people is always fun, and I’m glad to be back at it. A discernment retreat over the weekend for women wanting to learn more about religious life provided great conversation and sharing. And this week, at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, we have 27 open and committed university students participating in the Busy Student Retreat. Together, we listen to the Spirit of God, who leads us ever deeper into prayer, faith, and the life journey with Jesus. What could be better?