A Brief Reflection
It is Tuesday evening here in Canterbury. We did have a clear to partly-cloudy day, but the storm clouds are rolling back in and the temperature is dropping into the upper 30s(F) tonight. I am half finished with my class and the time is really flying by. As the students comment on how much they are learning, I am thinking the same--but I'm not talking about the Moral Theology Class. I'm thinking about all that I have personally learned in just a brief two weeks. I have already mentioned the intercultural aspects of the place, the sense of history in this country, the richness of the Franciscan movement, etc. in earlier postings on this blog. These still continue to impress me. But there is a lot more.
I guess, in a nutshell, I am feeling grateful and humbled by the warmth and acceptance of the community and for the opportunity to teach (and be) here. Wonderful things are happening in this Centre for people all over the world. Sisters, Brothers, Priests, and Lay men and women are being given the opportunity to learn about the rich Franciscan tradition and to experience good theological discussions in a way that many could never do in their home countries. To have the chance to be a part of all this is wonderful. I am especially grateful to our provincial administration for allowing me to accept the invitation to come here.
I'll close with a couple of more shots from Canterbury (on the left) and Herne Bay (on the right). The architecture in the city and along the beach are two examples of what one sees in this part of England. The very, very old along side the more modern makes for a very broad spectrum of history captured in stone and wood.