The night before the funeral of Cathleen Falsani's mother in October 2019, she submitted her application to the Living School, a two-year program created by Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr at his Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to study Christian mysticism and other wisdom traditions, ancient and contemporary.
Three months later, Falsani received word of her acceptance into the Living School's 2022 cohort, and six weeks after that, COVID-19 arrived, changing all her plans and the world as we all knew it.
"What an awful time to open a new chapter in my ongoing spiritual education, studying the 'perennial tradition' of Christian contemplation and mysticism, I thought more than a few times over the last two years," Falsani writes. "Yes, the timing was awful, and it also was perfect."