Yes, a Jesuit for 60 years, but the last ten have been the best – by far.
I retired from serving the Word by teaching and began to preach the Word at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, La. in 2007. The transition from print to speech was like a new birth: I kept urging the retreatants to imagine Jesus as “just like us.” Just like us in all things!
And, all of a sudden, I was preaching to myself, and I began to love talking about this Jesus to others. So much so, I came into a period of warm sunshine which has been with me for the past ten years.
I want this added to my gravestone: Floruit 2007. And I found wonderful prayers by Sts. Peter Claver and Peter Canisius and Teilhard de Chardin which fertilized my garden. And St. Teresa of Avila prayed for me the best of prayers: “Enjoy me.”
And I have.
Just these two words He spoke changed my life.
What a burden I thought I was to carry – a crucifix, as did He.
Love once said to me, “I know a song, would you like to hear it?”
And laughter came from every brick in the street and from every pore in the sky.
After a night of prayer,
He changed my life when He sang,
~ St. Teresa of Avila