I think it was T.S. Eliot who predicted the world would end “with a whimper”. No wonder our culture expects little from silent things, and prefers noisy spectacles, often as a distraction from real duties that are constantly before us: family; work; friendships; and prayer. Don’t get me wrong, I have a place in my heart for noisy things too; in fact I think it might be really loud in heaven. However, I know that quiet time, and the reflection it fosters, is helpful and even necessary.
Recently, I had the opportunity to exercise my mind at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, IL. It is the home of the Mundelein Seminary, and a priest friend and I had the opportunity to meet with Fr. Robert Barron, Seminary Rector and Founder of Word on Fire Catholic media apostolate. The stunning beauty of St. Mary of the Lake campus, beginning with its Main Chapel (left), spire poking the heavens, is reflective in itself, and affirms the presence of God in the midst of the academics that take place here.
Fr. Barron graciously received us in his office, and eagerly took our questions about Word on Fire, but also on many other topics, like Creation, medieval metaphysics and the necessity to bring the Person of Christ into all culture. He offered us to choose a book as a parting gift, and I chose his recent classic The Priority of Christ, which he happily signed “To Fr. Marty, Peace.” I could not have thought of a better way to summarize our visit!