Saturday, July 9, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The readings, particularly Jesus' advice in the gospel, are interesting. Looking back on two of the marriages at which I officiated that have ended, I wish I'd had the foresight to remind the couples that once the ceremony is over you can't look back. You can't continue to hang out with your buddies the way you did before being married, you can't put your girlfriends first. The relationships will change drastically. You cannot live the life you did before committing to marriage. You have said yes to another. You have said yes to a particular way of life. This way of life cannot be part-time. It must be full-time with everything else taking second place. The same is true when parenthood happens. Stay behind the plow, keep going forward.
The same is true for a man or woman entering religious life. Your old life is gone. A few years ago while making manifestation to the provincial he asked if I had ever thought of leaving the Society. I responded that I had, generally once a year, and almost invariably when I was in Philadelphia. I liked living in Philly during med school and loved it during psychiatry residency fifteen years later. Whenever I found myself in Philly after entering I would eventually wander over toward the Parkway with the Art Museum at one end (think Rocky running up the steps) and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul at the other. And my apartment with a view of the cathedralnearby
.During the three years I lived there I ran along the Parkway four or five days a week, attended concerts at the Academy of Music regularly (hearing violinist Sarah Chang's debut with the Orchestra remains the most memorable concert), explored restaurants, bookstores, and wandered. Unfortunately I had not yet returned to photography as a hobby so there is no record.
Monday, June 13, 2016
The photos attached were taken in Lyon, France one year and one day ago (on 14 June 2014). It was a perfect June day. Sunny, warm, with breeze and no humidity. Absolutely glorious. I'd been there for two weeks already. Got some very fine shots. It was one of the few times I returned home for lunch and downloaded all the photos before going out again.
The first two are the footbridge from Rue Sala, where the community was located, over to Vieux Lyon. The church is St. Georges where Mass is exclusively celebrated in the extraordinary rite. Beautiful stained glass. The bridge was about 30 yards to the left of our entrance.
The tiny cafe was almost directly across from the entrance to the community on Rue Sala. Very tiny.
Two shots of an art gallery in Vieux Lyon. There were several things I would have liked to have purchased. If I had money.
The farmer's market along the Saône.
Breakfast at an outdoor cafe near the cathedral.
The Cafe des Jacobins, on the other side of the Place Bellecour.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD
Friday, June 10, 2016