This is a guest post by Jim Manney.
Here are three people, who stand for other things besides themselves.
Victor Martinez. He was the best hitter on the Detroit Tigers this year. He represents the great pleasure I took in baseball, and in so much else in the culture I live in: Gravity, Bruce Springsteen and Alison Krauss, The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the Metropolitan Opera in HD, Car Talk, novels by Donna Tartt and David Mitchell, urbansketchers.org, Viking River Cruises, Words with Friends, and, as they say, a whole lot more.
St. Peter Faber. The newest Jesuit saint stands for the riches of Ignatian spirituality. I continue to find new things along the Ignatian path. This year it was the writing of St. Peter. He wrote, “Everywhere there is good to be done, everywhere there is something to be planted and harvested. For we are indebted to all men in every condition and in every place.”
Jean Rogers. She is my aunt, a wonderfully wise and generous and witty woman, who stands for all the people in my life. Children, grandchildren, cousins, old friends, new friends, colleagues and confidants—I get together with them at weddings and funerals, holidays and cookouts, in coffee shops and restaurants. I’ll be with a bunch of them this Thanksgiving.
For all this, I give thanks to God.