A New Year

For those of us on an academic calendar, the new year starts around now, not on January 1. It is always exciting to see a new crop of law students, even if I no longer am teaching law-related courses.

My silence over the last several days was the result of pre-occupation with getting Elena back to school for the last year of her undergraduate experience, along with some other things that provoked grief and anxiety.

The death of a friend and mentor from pancreatic cancer.  The pain of Claire’s death was magnified by the fact that I had not seen her in the last two years as she struggled with illness and my family history with that disease; it is the one that killed my father, my aunt and her husband.  There was some solace in that grief; a long phone conversation with Berta, friend to Claire and to me, with whom I had not spoken in a while.  We shared our memories our lives, our pain – and our joys.

A medical scare that turned out to be not serious, but had looked at though it would be.  We spent a week anxiously waiting for test results, and were finally able to relax yesterday afternoon.  It was only then I realized how tightly wound I had been for the past seven days.

Past the events of the week, it is time to focus on the new semester.  I am looking forward to some wonderful programming at the law school, as well as giving two weekend retreats at the Jesuit retreat house at OshKosh, presenting a series on the mystics at St. Kate’s, and some more good things (including a family wedding in NY and a visit from a dear friend).

For those of you in the Twin Cities and nearby, take a look at Facebook or my webpage to see where you might join us.



One thought on “A New Year

  1. Blessings and Prayers for your entire family, your loved ones and you during these times filled with grief and anxiety – and times of joy shared. . .

    Prayer so powerful, often silent and as often accompanied by moments of contrition difficult to comprehend. Distance and personal contact separates and, at the same time, does not. How to shoulder the guilt often accompanied knowing a loved one or friend is in our thoughts and prayers daily – though letters, texts, phone calls, visits. . . have not been recently shared. . .

    Guilt recurring often initiates prayer and discernment that often illuminates an increased awareness of ‘now and present’ opportunities to share ourselves with another while ‘calling’ for a division of ‘heavenly me time’ (often so richly deserved, needed and welcomed) shared with those distant and loved.

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