Today it hit me hard. Week 2 without popping up and going to see my Church “family” at Mass. I still did my morning prayers at 6am, but then what. My wife was sleeping so I crept to the living room. I flipped on the TV, determined to avoid the hysteria of the news. What did I find? Rudy.
For those of you unfamiliar with “Rudy”, it tells the story of a young man that will go to any length to play football for Notre Dame. I’ve seen the movie more times than I can count, but today I noticed different scenes. Today, I realized his first class was liturgy. I noticed how many times he knelt before Our Holy Mother. I also noticed how alone he felt for much of the movie. But then, he got into Notre Dame and thanked God.
It’s been a “different” few weeks for all of us. But for me, it’s been really “different” this weekend. During the week, I was still busy with work for RCIA and my litigation job. My seminary professors also emailed us our homework so that filled night time. But the weekend… It’s for friends, family and my time to recharge at Mass.
The anxiety bug grabbed and started “creating” problems not there. I even started feeling alone. Then I get a text from one of my best friends. Then a text from Father. Then another friend emailed. Finally, in the background I hear a song from “Dear Evan Hansen.”
“Even when the dark comes crashing through ..When you need a friend to carry you ..And when you’re broken on the ground
You will be found…”
My point to all of this, the Maroon Five song, “Rudy” and the Dear Evan song, is that anytime you need a reminder, God will provide it! I watched the sunrise this morning from the couch. Thanks be to God.