I was waiting for my daughter to call and tell me that our second grandson had arrived safely into this world.
In my left hand, I held a book about The Ascent by St. John of the Cross. I willed my mind to engage the words of wisdom found there. It required effort - the proverbial balancing act between this world and that world. But somehow, by grace, I managed to think about both of these things with deep affection and attention.
It was the kind of moment that merits remembrance. A teaching moment, when the soul realizes that it is possible to have one foot in the joys of this world and one foot in the joys of the eternal world--and that the joy of the now does not eclipse the joy of the Eternal Now.
And the call came. Little baby boy. 6 pounds, 8 ounces.
And the speaker announced that it was time to board the plane. I marked the page in The Ascent and stepped into line.
As the plane made its own ascent, I thought of my new grandson and prayed that he would live up to his name... a Hebrew name that means The Lord is my Life.
Blessed Feast of St. John of the Cross, 2010