Power Failure, Traffic Jams, Heavy Rain, and Lots of Encouragement
While I'm still running around in the Lincoln Town Car (I have to return it tomorrow morning when I leave for Jacksonville, FL), my luck ran out today. First, I woke up to a rainy, cloudy, damp, chilly day in Atlanta. Then, when I went down for breakfast, the power in the whole area went off leaving the motel lighted only by emergency lighting. That lasted part of the morning. Then, when I left for Kennesaw University I ran into a huge traffic jam and heavy, heavy rain. The trip that should have taken 30 mins ended up taking over an hour. Poor me!
Seriously, this trip has been a real blessing for me. So far I have met four prospectives who, if the Lord is calling them to us, could be potentially good friars. That is encouraging to say the least. The Lord is indeed blessing our province with good men. I find these trips tiring, but enlivening as I listen to the prospectives' stories and hear how God has worked--and is still working--in their lives. I can never know for certain whether God is calling them to be friars, but I often think of St. Francis' comment: "The Lord gave me brothers." He continues to give me(us) brothers today as many good men seek to discern a possible vocation with us.
Let us never cease praying for each of them that the Lord may guide and strengthen them to do "his holy and true command."