Question 1: What’s your cannonball moment?
by Kerry Weber
Although I was driving across desert roads by myself, I had never felt less alone. I felt connected and free, grateful and hopeful.
In my year as a special education teacher on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, I’d had the chance to learn from my students and tend to sheep; to travel to National Parks and local historic sites; to understand more fully the injustices in our country and my Gospel call to serve; to understand how little I understood. I had traveled to a place where I knew no one, tried to ground myself in things that (I hoped) mattered; built a circle of friends, been supported by a community.
And now, here I was, the road open before me, driving to the airport so that I could leave a place that felt like home to head back to my hometown, which suddenly seemed unfamiliar. I felt uncertain about the future but buoyed by the richness of the past year, which was once itself part of the uncertain future.
Somewhere along the way, I had gotten to know these roads, and I loved moving forward now with increasing speed. I had gotten to that place where I no longer relied on a map to guide me, and I just kept driving those roads I had learned to navigate by heart. And the heart, it turns out, is an excellent guide.
Kerry Weber is the author of Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job, published by Loyola Press. Weber, based in New York City, is also a Mercy Associate and the managing editor of America magazine.