Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

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By 11 p.m., I could not read anymore. I decided to go to our common bathroom, brush my teeth and go to bed. A member of my community, returning from the kitchen, spoke to me in the dimly lit hallway. "You missed the party," he said.

There had been a campus-wide party that evening, a Mass, followed by a social hour and then a nice dinner.

I did not have the energy for the gathering. So I had grabbed a quick bite and came home to put some of my notes together and do some reading. I had a fine time by myself.

When my Jesuit brother made his passing comment, the first response that came to my mind was: "I did not go to the party but I did not miss it."

"Oh," he said, and went on to his room. I went into the bathroom and I giggled. I was learning to speak directly, briefly and honestly.

I am an only child and for many years my closest friends were my books and various fighting figures: cowboys, soldiers and superheroes. …

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