Dear Pope Francis,
I had the privilege of meeting author, speaker and retreat leader Paula D’Arcy at this year’s Sophia Summer Institute.
I first encountered Paula through a CD recording she did with Richard Rohr titled “A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” I picked it up from Rohr’s merch table when he visited Sophia during one of my weekends there. From my first listen, I was immediately struck by Paula, her story, and her humor. She has an amazing ability to reveal bigger truths through he words.
Paula is someone I deeply admire, and, so, I was looking forward to hearing her speak at the Summer Institute. From the start of the Institute I’d been trying to come up with a way to approach her at some point. Maybe I’d come up after she spoke? Maybe I’d catch her in line for food? I just knew I wanted to meet her and say hello. But, I just didn’t know how it would happen.
On the second morning of the Institute I made my way to the cafeteria. I got my breakfast, grabbed coffee, and then scanned the room for somewhere to sit. People were still getting to know each other, so it was a bit of a dance as to see where open spaces were, who might be receptive to company, etc… I chose a table with an open chair and made a beeline, not even looking at who was sitting there. After I put my plate down and looked up, people started to introduce themselves. One woman with mid-length black hair said her name was Paula.
“Paula D’Arcy?” I blurted out.
“Yes,” she said.
And there I was, meeting Paula D’Arcy, just out of the blue and without requiring any of my plans. The Divine works in mysterious ways, indeed.
During my vacation, I brought one of Paula’s books with me to read. To be honest, my brain wasn’t really up for “serious” stuff. I must have finished about 7 novels during the trip. But, one day, I picked up Paula’s book, took it out on the deck, and began to read. Her words, as always, comforted and inspired me.
You might want to check out some of Paula D’Arcy’s books.
(BTW, any books you buy through the links on this page will give me a little commission from Amazon.)