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When I taught in Catholic elementary schools, I would don all my Happy New Year gear and stand in the hallway blowing my noise maker and shouting “Happy New Year!” to the students as they arrived the Monday morning after the first Sunday of Advent.
Well, it’s happened. I knew that it would, sooner or later: I missed the chance to attend a funeral back home, because I am here as a novice at the CDN. The funeral was for a loved one of someone to whom I feel deeply connected through a ministry we shared for many years.
I have a hard time focusing on my prayer because the topics for my final papers keep coming to my mind. I've had different ideas during the semester but some of them keep coming to my heart as a sign that those are the ones I have to attend.