Monday, September 20, 2010

Back in Sweet Home Chicago, With a Very Grateful Heart

A very good Monday morning to you all.

I am back in the office today. I have a very grateful heart for the blessing of a restful vacation in Sicily. Sicily is a beautiful island. I can honestly say that I have never had such a restful and enjoyable vacation. I had such wonderful experiences there, which I will be sharing with you as these post-vacation days unfold.

On Thursday morning, I was standing at this very spot. This gives you just a glimpse of the beauty I encountered while in Sicily.

This post will be rather short, since I am faced with a mountain of e-mails to answer and a management meeting looms.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues here at WLP who filled in for me on the blog while I was away. I did get a chance to glance at their posts; I will read them in more detail when at home tonight. Looks like we may have to re-name this blog; perhaps "Gotta sing. Gotta pray. Gotta eat!"

One thing that travel does—whether one travels to another continent, another state, another city, or another neighborhood—is open ones eyes to the reality that the world is a very big place.

My eyes were certainly opened in very new ways over the past few weeks. The people of Sicily taught me much through their laughter, their anger, their dialect, their incredible food, their joy, their sorrow, their hospitality, their relaxed attitude about schedules.

There will be more to come as this week unfolds. I had some interesting liturgical experiences while there, which I will share with you as well.

Thanks for following the blog while I was away. I look forward to talking with you tomorrow.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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