Friday, September 17, 2010

St. Joseph Calasanctius (Sept. 11, 1556 to Aug. 25, 1648)

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible."
(Pope John XXIII)

A co-worker, "Frank", stops by my desk each morning to say hello and tell me about his latest endeavor: the possibility of moving to Vermont to go to graduate school. He's a graphic designer where I work, but he's also an artist and sculptor. "Frank" has been talking about this since June and he finally went to check out the school last weekend.
Now, he's psyched to go, but also has apprehensions. What "Frank" has told me about himself is that he's 47-years-old, lives with his parents, and hasn't been involved with anyone since 1991 when he drank too much and slept with his best friend's girlfriend.
And, as much as he likes to think he's too old to be going back to school, I think it's neat that he's pursuing something he's always dreamed of doing and finally breaking out on his own. In a way, it's like following a new career path.
When I mentioned to a mutual friend and co-worker, "Paul," that "Frank" might be leaving the company next year, he said, "Oh, is that when the spaceship finally arrives?"
Today, Frank told me that he's not sure if he should enroll for next February or September 2011 and that he's also fearful of cold Vermont winters.
I said, "Go there as soon as you can! Don't put it off because you will always find an excuse. Apply for February."
St. Joseph of Calasanctius is a patron saint of schools, universities, and students. He was born in Aragan, Spain on Sept. 11, 1556. He founded the Pious Schools and the Order of the Piarists.
St. Joseph of Calasanctius was also good friends with Galileo. He died in Rome, Italy on Aug. 25, 1648 and his feast day is Aug. 25.

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