One of my all time favorites: Mozart’s Symphony #40 in G Minor (K 550) Here we have the first movement – Molto Allegro Piano
I am more than a little embarrassed to confess this. In a prayer group recently, as part of a gratitude exercise we were asked to list “Things that delight me…”
The second item on my list was “Children’s laughter” but, yes, the very first thing I spontaneously wrote down was “Cars.”
My poor mother said that I was obsessed with automobiles even as a baby and that I would constantly point at them from my stroller. A fervent gardener, it always pained her that I could spot the difference between, say, a ’67 Mustang and a ’68 but had — and have — no clue about the difference between a peony and a pansy.
I drove on deserted Irish beaches as a young child, I backed my mother’s car in and out of the garage for years, I had my first official driving lesson on the first day it was legal for me, and I passed my test about two weeks later.
Why, oh why, did I join a religious order where I am doomed to drive boring little cars for my entire life? It’s one of the (many) things I plan to discuss with my Heavenly Father when I get “up there”!
Others in my community read Theology Digest or Philosophy Quarterly, but it’s Automobile, Autoweek, and Car & Driver for me!
I clearly have a “disordered attachment” to cars. Is there something offbeat for which you are particularly grateful?
Remember that mysterious trip I made to Rome a couple of weeks ago?
Well, it was in connection with Dear Pope Francis. We were tying up the final details. In an international Jesuit project, early in the Fall the Holy Father agreed our our request that he respond to letters from children around the world.
We used our Jesuit contacts to get children to ask questions and draw pictures to accompany them. The final choice of which questions he answered was left to Pope Francis and we have photos of him looking very carefully over the children’s art and questions. When the book is released at the beginning of March, I am confident that you will be charmed silly both by the children and by the Pope’s lovely responses.
I want to thank Tom McGrath and all my colleagues at the Press who are making this book a reality with speed, grace and great good humor.
If you want to read more about the project, here is a sample newspaper report from an Australian newspaper!
Yesterday I wrote about how thankful I am for our customers. Today I want to spend a few moments expressing my gratitude for my colleagues.
I am the only Jesuit working in this Jesuit-owned company, but I am surrounded by people who are more devoted and passionate about Ignatian spirituality than I.
It is amazing. It is wonderful. It makes coming to work each day a real pleasure.
I get to spend hours with people that I admire and want to emulate. How lucky am I?
I invite you to spend a few moments thinking with gratitude of colleagues, past and present, who have made your life better.