Thursday, July 21, 2011
Seven Quick Takes-Bishop Hying Edition
I'm still floating on cloud nine from all of the ordination events of this past week so I thought that perhaps writing out seven quick takes about Bishop Hying and the ordination might help me to begin to settle down and back into ordinary life, although I'm not altogether sure that's possible. Here goes-
1. How we met: Shortly after Bishop Hying began his position as Rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary he started writing a monthly e-newsletter called New Heart, New Spirit. It must have been Divine Providence that put my name on that mailing list because I couldn't remember signing up to receive them. Bishop Hying had concluded his first few newsletters by asking the recipients to write back to him. He wanted to know the reader's thoughts about the topics he would write about. So I wrote. And wrote and wrote. At that time I was in the throes of a deep depression and really needed someone to listen to all of the junk that was driving me mad. I would send him these long drawn out emails that must have left him regretting his request for emails and scratching his head with wonder about who was this crazy lady that kept writing to him. But in Christian charity he always wrote back and then one day I received an email from him that said "It would be great to sit down and talk sometime. You seem like a beautiful soul." So we arranged to meet and shortly after that he took me on for spiritual direction. Just last winter I reminded him of how we met and I asked him if he would still consider me to be a beautiful soul now that he has come to know me so well, and this was his answer: "I see the beauty of your soul in ever more vivid hues."
Well, that does it. After writing that, I just can't write any more-too many tears clouding the way, and really beyond that everything else I would have to say is just clutter. So, consider this the quickest of all the seven quick takes you've ever read and maybe I'll share all of the other inconsequential facts another day!
Joining Jennifer at Conversion Diary.