Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

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Augustine flew in from Utah where he spent a week at our monastery in Huntsville. I met him at the airport. He said he was hungry, so we stopped at a Wendy's. I ordered, and we ate in the car. I filled in Augustine on things he had missed while away. He told me how he loved Utah. We talked about our need for contemplative life.

As we spoke, I watched the cars go by. It felt familiar sitting in the car that night, talking with Augustine about life. I later thought about it and knew the "why" of the familiarity.

When we were kids, my twin, Jimmy, and Walter and Greg and I sat for hours in a car in the parking lot of Bond's Ice Cream parlor in Montclair, N.J. We spoke of many things. Life lay ahead and all looked good.

Jimmy and Walter would be dead not too long down the road. And then Greg and I would go our separate ways. Those nights, were of a kind of magic. …

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