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 director of communications and public relations for the North American Territory. 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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