I just returned from a trip to Chicago for the weekend – went by way of Grand Rapids to bring Natty along for the ride…it was worth adding a few extra miles to have the company on an otherwise boring drive. Some construction delays near the Michigan/Indiana border prompted us to hop off I-94 and drive along U.S. 12, through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It was such a nice change of pace that we took the same way back today despite no signs of traffic delays. (I offered to climb Mt. Baldy with Nat…maybe she’ll take me up on that some other time…)
Have you ever spent some good quality time with people who are truly kindred spirits? That’s the kind of weekend I had…one that gladdened my heart, one might even say an “Emmaus moment”. The purpose of the trip was to gather with some sisters, some I’ve known for several years, others I’m just getting to know, who have mentored, affirmed and loved me through one of the most significant transformations in my life (Chicago LESTERS, you know who you are…), and who continue to support my continuing integrative process of claiming all of who I am as God’s beloved. It was fun to be able to be playful, relaxed, even giddy, knowing that no one was going to judge my behavior as offensive or inappropriate.
I also was able to spend a couple of hours with Sr. Pat Bergen, who was my spiritual director when I was at Notre Dame for grad school. It did my heart good to reconnect with her.
Nat and I enjoyed the awesome hospitality of Maco and her community – generous women! It is obvious that they have some intention about engaging in a ministry of welcoming.
Well, it’s time to put a period on the weekend and get ready for another week of what I hope will be some productive catching up work…