Sunday, August 9, 2015

Inspiring people

Yesterday the feast of St Dominic I had the good fortune of celebrating Mass with the Dominican Sisters in DĂșn Laoghaire. A first.

Of course, a superficial glance, but often the most lasting of impressions, impressive women. Got talking to Constance/Fionnuala Warde. She told me she spent 40 years teaching in Wicklow. Her smile was infectious. Imagine to feel so energised and real at 91.

Some days earlier I met 83-year-old Kevin Condon, not for the first time, home on holiday from Australia. Kevin is an Irish Dominican working in Melbourne. A man full of life, fun and roguery. Clearly someone who is in touch with people and enjoys his life and work. But maybe most of all, a man of grace.

It's nice, consoling too, to meet inspiring people, funny people, people with whom you can laugh. Real people.

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