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REVERE STREET AND GLENDALE BOULEVARD
IT'S STILL THERE IF YOU WANT TO COME TAKE A LOOK!
Out in the woods of eastern Pennsylvania recently, I was kneeling in a grotto praying, and suddenly I had an overwhelming sense of not being able to contain myself! I wanted to burst out of myself, like a sprouting seed, or a bud exploding into bloom, or a chick cracking through its eggshell. We want to be more than ourselves! And then we come back to ourselves: meager, limited, broken...and then we get to laugh.
Anyway, so a little update.
I've been working, working, working, and that is mostly a good thing but I can also use work--I can use anything--to self-medicate.
I've been across country three times this year so far to speak. I've learned a lot, observed a lot, felt baffled a lot.
My mother died last fall and that is effecting a deep tectonic shift. When you're younger, you tend to think the childhood wounds will disappear with age; instead, I'm seeing ever more clearly how mine have driven me all my life. As my friend Brian observed: "You've had some...energy challenges recently." That's Southern California-speak for near psychotic break.
I just discovered Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Massachusetts and am going to apply for the 30-day Ignatian retreat that takes place July 2014.
I have had the crazy idea to walk the Camino in my head for years and it is not going away so my sense is I am going to make the trek to REI one of these days in the not terribly distant future, book a flight, and start walking...
I'm contributing every other week or so to RCSpiritual Direction. It's not original stuff, but is a nice way to connect with Dan Burke, who runs the blog and a whole bunch of other things, and his readers. He's been incredibly supportive and is going to interview me June 14 on National Catholic Register Radio, details forthcoming.
I have TWO speaking gigs in San Antonio this year. The first is as follows:
June 22, 2013, Saturday, 12-3 p.m.
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio TX 78230
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I have driven across Texas twice and visited San Antonio once before so this will be a lovely way to bond more deeply with the good folks out that way.
Exciting upcoming news on the Magnificat front as well. Will keep you all posted!
Finally, Elizabeth Scalia of patheos has been a huge, consistent champion of my work. Her new book, just out from Ave Maria, is Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life. I mean who wouldn't want to take a look at that!