|Seminarian Jonathan Hill|
On top of all of this, I received this degree in philosophy at one of the finest Jesuit institutions, with some of the finest professors. I could not have asked for a better place to study. Inside the campus of Loyola lies St. Joseph’s College Seminary. This is the main undergraduate seminary for the archdiocese of Chicago, and was my second home. There I found plenty of young men on fire to serve God. I will miss their company and the leadership that is found there. I am grateful, though, to be moving on. I did it! I am graduating! In my world, this means that I now get to move on to the main part of my formation process. I now get to enter my Novitiate and Spirituality year. Now, all that is left is my Master’s degree and seven more years of formation. Sigh.
While this process sounds long and exhausting, it is the beginning of a life-long journey of love. Yes, the process is long, especially if you look at it as a process that is to be overcome, as something that stands in the way of reaching your goals. However, for me, the journey has always been more than half of the fun. If we treat each day as the place where we are supposed to be, and we slow down enough to enjoy it, the journey becomes the adventure and the goal. So, I am graduating. A milestone has definitely been reached. Now, let the journey of a new day begin