Friar Don Miller. OFM
I am a Franciscan priest. I spent my early years of ministry in New Mexico working among the Pueblo Native Americans and the Hispanics. In 1978 I began my years in academics working as a chaplain, faculty member, and administrator at various universities in the southwest and the midwest. I taught various course in theology, especially in my area of specialty which is moral theology. I have been the Vocation Director for the Province of Saint John the Baptist since 2003.
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The "Joy" of Travel

I flew to Tampa, FL this weekend to interview some prospectives hoping for some sunny weather. I took my camera along intending to get some beautiful shots of the Gulf of Mexico and its beaches.

Well, that's not what happened.

It rained the whole weekend and I got absolutely no pictures--I never got out to sightsee at all! I was scheduled on four flights and ended up on none of them. Weather (in the form of severe thunder storms)and mechanical problems forced schedule changes in both directions. Yesterday there were an estimated 200 - 300 people in the Custom Service Line at the airport in Atlanta, GA.

But I did get to meet with the prospectives I went to see; some very promising young men.

So what does one learn from an experience like this? Patience for one thing. We cannot control the weather nor can we expect mechanical equipment to always work perfectly. A second thing is the joy of being with people in a common predicament. It amazes me how talkative and friendly people become when they share a common problem. Waiting in line or stuck in an airport seems to bring people together. Sure, there are the ones who are angry and grumpy, but I find often that people are frustrated but basically take things in stride. And the common situation brings them together.

I talked with some very interesting folks this weekend. We started off talking about the weather and the airlines, and ended up sharing a little of our life stories with one another.

So the weekend was a success. It just didn't turn out the way I had planned it.


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