One Down, One to Go


As I mentioned in the last post, I had planned on bringing my computer with me on our six day, double workshop trip this week so that I could reflect as it was happening. Realizing Tuesday before we left that it might be more of a distraction than an aid, I decided against it (evident from the lack of posts since then). It has ultimately been a good decision, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use my iPhone to offer a sneak peak as to what’s to come…

Let’s see… There were 56 people from almost a dozen different Franciscan communities present… The building was 8 stories tall on the side of a mountain (the picture above is one of the many stunning views)… Dennis, Sergio and I starred in a talent show act with about 24 hours preparation, Ron did a stand up act, Ramon did a Filipino dance, and Ed sang some songs in Spanish… We spent the afternoon today at a Poor Clare monastery laughing almost constantly… and now we’re essentially the only people in one of the most formidable buildings ever built waiting for a workshop called “The Future of the Church.”

Wow. It’s been an exhausting week so far, and there’s more to come! I promise a full report, loads of pictures, and maybe even a video when we get back…

2 Comments on “One Down, One to Go

  1. Hi Casey,
    I’m really interested in hearing about the workshop about “The Future of the Church,” and I hope you post about it. Definitely, a stunning view in the photo.
    Also, I’m am more than thrilled hearing that you spent so much time laughing. Joy is the sign of a holy life, and is sometimes a sorely lacking quality in clergy of all faiths. Might I recommend a book by (oh, I hate to say it–a Jesuit) “Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life” by James Martin. I’m reading it now. As someone who laughs out loud while in prayer from time to time (much to the consternation of some of the older folks who attend daily mass with me), I have found it to be a breath of fresh air. Hearing about your laughter has served as an affirmation for me. Oh, and yes, as to the author, it’s James Martin as in America Magazine.
    Never let anyone quash your joy!
    Love in Christ,
    Mary Louise

  2. Are you playing a game, “Where in the world is Casey Cole?” The photo is beautiful, but I would like to know where it and “the most formidable building” is located.

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