I am grateful to God for this assignment among other reasons for the experience of spiritual fatherhood it has given to me. Yesterday, I did something that only makes sense in this context. Although I really need to be packing to move my living quarters out of the Frassati House and unpacking my office into the Frassati House, as well as answering a bunch of emails, etc., instead I drove to Tiger, GA and back in one day -- well, almost one day. We didn't arrive back here until a little after 1 a.m. CDT.
Why Tiger, GA? There are three Vanderbilt students working at Covecrest, a Catholic camp there. They have been "on" me to visit, and time was running out. So with two seminarians as traveling companions, I set out to extreme north east Georgia. As a bonus, there was also a parish group from the Diocese there, and I the leaders of that group are also very involved at Vanderbilt.
I thought of so many fathers, like my own, who spend a lot of time doing things to be with their children. I was happy of this example in my own life, and I know that this was the best use of my time. I hope that I can always remember these priorities.