Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Heading out West

I thought I would write a short, last post before I headed out of the Bronx and back out west. It's also the last time I get to write in my current room, so I thought I'd take my parting photo before I move into a new room.

In Jesuit life, you necessarily deal with constant transitions. It's always been one of the harder things for me personally to deal with, because I don't like saying good-bye to people. Part of that probably comes from my mom, since she always cries whenever I leave for the airport terminal. It's her way of saying that she'll miss me and loves me.

But, we pray for each other and wish each other well on the journey ahead, trusting in God's presence in all of our lives. We disperse likes the disciples after Pentecost, seeking to bring God's inspiration and love to the different peoples we minister to. It's a comforting thought for me.

Well, I'm sure you will be hearing from me not soon after I arrive in Spokane. For all who are traveling and moving forward to new phases in their lives, my warm prayers for you as you embark on this new journey. May God's light shine upon you all the days of your life.


Gannet Girl said...

Have a great move, Ryan!

On the subject of Jesuits and the nature of their lives on the move: a few weeks ago I was at a meeting and the Jesuit next to me was talking about a possible new assignment. I said that my future plan is to have only Benedictines as spiritual directors and he completely cracked up. "You want someone who's taken a vow of stability?" "Absolutely," I said.

So when I find a Benedictine who is immersed in the Exercises, I expect to be set for life.

Ryan Rallanka, SJ said...

Certainly, one of the drawbacks of Jesuit spiritual directors is that many of us do not stay in one place for a really long time, so it can be hard to have that long term stability that many people need.

I wish you well on your search. I'm sure there are many great Benedictines out there who will be a great asset for you.

Jake Martin, SJ said...

Have a wonderful summer Rajanka!

Ryan Rallanka, SJ said...

Thanks, Jake =)