I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about campus activities from all our guest bloggers here at St. Joseph’s Indian School. I’ve enjoyed my time away – three weeks of vacation and a week for retreat. This week I will be in Milwaukee for SCJ community meetings and to celebrate the jubilees of priests and brothers who have been in vows for 50 and 60 years. I take a lot of inspiration from those men who have given so much of their life in service of others. I’ll return to St. Joseph’s campus next weekend. While a lot happens at St. Joseph’s Indian School over the summer months, I know the school has been in great hands even in my absence.
My time away has been a nice combination of visiting family and friends and seeing some sights I’ve long wanted to visit. One of my sisters now lives in upstate New York, and after a few days with Anne, I got to fulfill a long time dream and spend a day at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. On my way to Baltimore for retreat, I stood in Independence Hall in Philadelphia and reflected on the events of our nation’s history. I wondered how we can do more to preserve life, liberty and freedom in our communities. While in the city of brotherly love, I also made it up the steps that Rocky Balboa sprinted up in the movie. As I look back over the city, I also looked back over the past year with a great deal of gratitude for the prayers and support. I’ve come a long way since surgery and I will keep running the race with faith and hope and love.
Each year I look forward to retreat week as a time of prayer and reflection. One of the reflection talks was on self-care for priests. Since surgery, I’ve been good about the physical self-care, taking time to stretch and exercise. It showed results as I walked many miles each day with few problems. I suppose what I do have to work on is self-care that avoids procrastination and tackles the hardest but most important tasks first, instead of doing the easy things first and causing stress as deadlines approach. Time along the trip spent with those I love, and quiet times with the Lord are the best self-care there is.