The Road Ends

by Rich on May 22, 2019

Well… here we are. The end of the ride in the jeep. At least for the foreseeable future. There may be a day it returns, but maybe not.

It’s been a pretty amazing ride, as I look back on it. When I go back and read some of my stories, I am reminded of all the incredible people in my life and all the funny, sad, crazy experiences I’ve had.

A lot has changed since my first post, all those years ago. Too much to recount here, that’s for sure. But I do want to say a couple of things. So, if you will permit me…

First, a lot of these columns are downright embarrassing. It’s pretty arrogant to think you know as much as I apparently think I do. I don’t. Let me just put that out there right now. I don’t know as much as I would like others to believe. So any “advice” or “words of wisdom” you read here, please take with a Himalayan sized grain of salt.

Second, I am amazed every time I see that someone has read something I have written. That’s pretty cool. And humbling. We all have busy lives, and that you would take the 5 or 10 minutes to sit and read something that doesn’t have bells and whistles or fun graphics or sarcastic memes (mom, ask Catherine to explain those. I barely get it) is nothing short of miraculous these days, and I want to say “thanks” for that.

Most of you know where I am headed and the changes happening in my life, but some may not, and I thought it only fair to explain why this ride in my jeep is coming to an end.

Turns out that you can’t have a personal blog when you’re a seminarian.

I’ll wait for those of you who have fainted to regain consciousness…

Still waiting…

O.k., are we all back? Good. Yes, you read that correctly. I have been called and am entering the seminary in the hope of becoming a Catholic Priest. I say “hope” because God is in charge of all this, and while that is where this path is leading, I am well aware that I don’t know His mind or what He ultimately has in store for me. All I can tell you is that He is asking me to take these steps that He has laid before me, and that’s what I am trying my best to do.

I’m not going to go into all of the details on how I got here. I don’t think this is the venue. If you want to know, I’m happy to share it with you. Pretty sure you all know how to contact me, one on one.

So, I wanted to let you all know why I won’t be updating this blog for probably a number of years. And who knows if it will even stay up that long. I’m going to leave it up for a while because I know my mom likes to read it, and frankly, it’s good for me to reread some of it from time to time, just to see how much God has worked in my life.

I’m sad to see our ride come to an end. It’s been a good ride. Bumpy at times, but then the jeep is made for utility, not for comfort. And it’s probably no coincidence that part of this change in my life is that I have come to realize that, like my trusty jeep here, I have not been called to be “happy”, but to be obedient, trusting that in my obedience to Him, I will find His peace that passes all understanding. That I will have Life, and have it more abundantly. Utility accomplishes purpose. Comfort does not. And I have been created to fulfill a purpose, not to be comfortable. That’s not me patting myself on the back or pretending to have achieved some sort of higher enlightenment. That’s me confessing that I have wasted a great part of my life chasing the wrong things. And we’ve seen how well that worked out, right? Yeah…

…not so great…

Thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for your prayers in the past and those that I ask for now.

I will part with this… (one of those words of wisdom I told you to take with a grain of salt…) we are all created by God. God looked at all that he has ever created and will ever create and decided that he wanted one of you; that his creation would not be complete without you. There is so much dignity and worth in that. See that in yourself, and see it in others. Especially others who seem different or that you don’t like or agree with. Don’t let the world convince you that we all hate each other. We don’t. I promise. We disagree. We see things from vastly and sometimes disparate points of view. But we are all people with inherent human dignity. So greet a stranger. Hold open a door. Smile. Have a conversation. Create a genuine moment and let that help you create more. We are all fighting battles in this life. We are all carrying loads. Help each other with your loads. It’s hard. Especially when our own is so heavy. I fail at this miserably, but I know deep in my heart to be the true and right thing to do, and I’m guessing that in the privacy of your own heart you know it too. We all fail at it, but don’t let that stop you from trying. Keep getting back up. Keep at it. It’s worth it.

So… the ride is over, and I’m getting out of the jeep and taking a walk down a trail. I hope I see all of you along the way, and that your own trail is filled with joy and life.

Something good to eat along the way wouldn’t hurt, either. Nuts-n-Bolts, maybe?

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Mom May 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm

Always amazed at your ability to put into words things that most people haven’t even ventured to learn about life and themselves. This is especially meaningful to us. God sowed these seeds early in your life and I have never doubted that His plan for them would be revealed as you made your way through the path of life. It will be interesting to see what He has in mind specifically for this step. I am often reminded that His word says that He has a “lamp” unto our feet for us – not a spotlight or floodlight. As always, I will pray with you as you seek to take the path He has shown you. Much love my favorite son.

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Tigger Gore May 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm

HOLY GUACAMOLE – this is amazing, blaze this new trail my friend! ! I am so very touched by your writing and will miss this but I know I will be in complete AWE of what HE does next in your life. Prayers, peace & love covering you!

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Terry Kelley May 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Ok…so after visiting with Kleenex box I just want to say how happy I am to have you as a friend…nay… brother. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you begin this incredible journey.

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Sally May 22, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Rich. Rich. Rich. This is so good. Thank you once again for sharing your heart and speaking truth. You have such a moving and effective way of putting words together. So glad for you to have heard from God and having the courage to act on it. Sure am going to miss this good stuff, though.

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Cathleen Klusek May 27, 2019 at 11:44 am

Rich,
You and my son, Noah, met this weekend on retreat. You made such a good impression on him, and it makes my heart happy to know of yet another good person he will be surrounded with during his journey. I will be praying for both of you daily, I can assure you. Thank you for listening to our Father. No matter where your journey leads, it will be closer to Him. That’s a great thing.
Peace and joy,
Cathleen

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Rich May 28, 2019 at 6:21 am

Thank you so much, Cathleen. It was such a pleasure getting to meet and know Noah. It was an amazing weekend and I am so humbled to be around a group of young men who are so much more mature spiritually that I was at that age! Thank you for your prayers, and know that all those who support those of us in our walk are in my prayers as well.

God bless

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