I’m glad that I married Jeannie for a lot of reasons. But one is that she has helped me to see the world. She’s lived in a lot more of it than I have, having grown up in an Air Force family.
But time and again, her words have come true for me: “One of the best educations you will ever receive is as you travel.”
Her insight and edification came back to mind as I celebrated Bernard of Clairvaux’s life today. On one occasion he wrote, “You will find God better in the woods than in books.”
I realize that any “one liner” can be misinterpreted, and you have to read much more in this great saint in order to understand even this sentence.
But in a world where we stay indoors, under artificial light, and with our faces buried in our various “screens,” Bernard’s words are an important reminder.
Thanks, Bernard, and Jeannie, for giving me a vision of God in the world.
What a lovely expression of love. John commented to me that during a recent wedding he enjoyed listening to Jeannie laugh when you were being funny.