Trip to Atlanta
Friday I drove to Atlanta, GA to visit a prospective who had contacted our province. As I drove south on I-75 into southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee I was treated to a winter wonderland. The roads were clear and dry, but everyth else was snow covered. Every tree branch, every weed, every structure was shining white with new snow. For miles I was treated with a fairyland of sparkling white. "Ice and snow, bless the Lord."
Saturday I interviewed Joshua and arranged to meet with him latter in the afternoon for Eucharist, supper and a presentation of Handel's Messiah. He had told me that he was in the choir but little did I know that the concert was presented by the parish choir and that Joshua had the tenor lead and solo. I was very much impressed with the quality of the concert. Holy Trinity Parish in Peachtree City, GA has a fantastic choir, organist, and choir director.
That same night I ran into two men whom I had previously interviewed. One is a young man, Jonathan, who has decided to join the Benedictines in Collegeville. He is a friend of Joshua's and attended the concert. We had a pleasant visit prior to the presentation and I am happy with the the enthusiasm he has for his upcoming life as a monk. He will enter in just a few weeks.
But the real surprise was running into a young man and his family with whom I had visited back in 2005. Beau has discerned that the Lord is not calling him to the Religious Life and has decided to study to be an air traffic controller. His father is a pilot for Delta Airlines. It was great seeing him and his family. Joshua and I had just walked into theNarthex of the church as the second evening Mass was letting out and I looked up and there was the family. What a pleasant surprise.
So I joked with the friars with whom I live that I drove to Atlanta this weekend to attend a Handel concert and visit old friends. Hey, it was only an eight hour drive. :-)
P.S. The interview went well and Joshua should be with us for the next Come and See weekend.