Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Article excerpt

One day I found something that someone had lost. It was small and there was a shine to it, so it was easy to spot as I walked down the long magnolia-lined entrance to the monastery.

It was a silver heart, solid and perfect in shape. I picked it up and looked at it carefully. It was not engraved. I put it in my pocket and continued my walk. I felt the heart as I walked and there was a cool, smooth feel to it.

I posted a note on the bulletin board of the retreat house and its owner got in touch with me. She was still on retreat. She thanked me and told me that she was so upset when she discovered she had lost that heart. "There is a world of memories to that small heart," she said.

I later thought about finding that silver heart on the road. Whatever I had been thinking about no longer mattered. Indeed, the road took on such a different sense with that heart lying there, until someone would pick it up and, one would hope, return it to its owner. …

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