First, I went to Lowe’s and chose the stones. I know St. Francis was kind of anti-commercial, but he worked with what he had. I have Lowe’s. I ordered a pallet of sand bags and 2 pallets of patio pavers. The truck brought them to my home, got them fairly close to my backyard and the work began.
Visualizing what it all would become was impossible for me: it was my first time at it. I did have a plan though, which I set into action. I measured carefully, got out tools, made a section, laid sand into it and started on the stones.
I’ll spare you the details, but it was long, hard work, one stone (paver) at a time. Sometimes I had to pull a stone out, re-level the sand, and reset the stone. I had to problem-solve as I kept discovering more and more little problems that crept up along the way. I worked long hours, finishing at dusk each night. But it was beautiful—it all kind of surprised me as the project unfolded.
“Rebuild my church.” I truly think that’s what we’re about at St. Anthony Messenger. Sometimes—often—it feels as if we are laying one stone at a time. We plan, but still we wonder what’s next, and problem-solve along the way. We set and reset, and learn as we go. Isn’t that true in most all of life? What do you think?