Small town global

globalI’ve been hearing for years that the world is getting smaller, that we live in a global community.  And it is true, right in a small American town, in a small American state.

This week, teaching a short course to Humanities students at our seminary in Cheshire, CT, I’ve experienced “global” in person.  The seminarians I’m working with are, well, from all over the globe:  Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany.  The Americans are from around the country, including Texas, California, Ohio and a pair from Kansas City.

I’m afraid few people would think of me as a global type.  I’m pure American, which means I only speak English, want plenty of ice in my Coke and expect there to be a Dunkin Donut shop every few blogs on every street.

My students are learning to be creative writers and persuasive speakers, often in their second or third language.  That impresses a unilingual like me.

I worked in London for a couple years and quickly learned that Americans and Brits are often separated by a common language.  The English don’t speak proper English as we Americans have perfected it.  On the other hand, I have an Irish daughter-in-law whose English is more enchanting than any American I know.

But I’m straying from my central point; the Legion of Christ is a global enterprise, as is the Catholic Church it serves.  My students are Legionaries, not Mexican Legionaries, Korean Legionaries or Americans Legionaries.  The Legion – and the Church – were global before it was popular to be global.

The only border we really worry about is between good and evil.


About Jim Fair

Jim Fair is a writer and consultant. He lives in the Chicago area and has a wonderful wife, son and daughter. He enjoys fishing and occasionally catches something. He tries to play the piano and sings a little. In addition to writing for Regnum Christi Live, he blogs at Laughing Catholic. And you can follow him on Twitter: Jim Fair (@fishfair).
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