Two big things finished up for me today. First, I “officially” completed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This 40 + week spiritual adventure was a life-changer, and the perfect companion to my physical transformation.
I guess in some sense these kinds of things never really end. Maybe a good way to look at it is like a book series. The latest book begins where the previous one left off. I’m looking forward to seeing how my own personal sequel turns out. I’ll let you know 🙂
I gathered with some friends for a discussion about the experience, had some great prayer time, and finally, a little brunch. All in all, a great way to mark the conclusion of this leg of my journey.
The other thing that wrapped up today was our religious ed. year. 1,100 students are now ready to move on to the next level. We’re already taking registrations for next year. In a lot of ways, it’s been a long and hard year. The level of frustration on the part of many people is more and more evident. No doubt this is caused by the difficulties our country finds itself in. It seemed like we were easy targets. It doesn’t appear as though things are going to get better any time soon, so we’re trying to respond as best we can.
We’ve been thinking of ways how we can make things easier for people. Fewer meetings, fewer forms, fewer hoops to jump through. I think people will be happy about the changes we make, but, well, you can’t please everyone. That’s not going to stop us from trying! It shouldn’t stop you either…