A Place for Spirituality
by Nicole Carlozo -- October 24th, 2010
Sometimes our hectic lives make us forget about the important things. I challenge everyone to take time and remember.
I drove home this weekend to visit with family and take a break from my busy life at Duke. On my way back to Durham, as I passed through the never-ending state of Virginia, I started thinking about my next blog post. By the time I reached my apartment it was planned, and I made a few mental notes to myself as I rushed off to campus to finish some work.
And then I entered the Duke Chapel for 9pm Mass and found a much larger group than expected sitting in the pews. They were there in remembrance of Drew Everson, a Duke senior who passed away this weekend from an accidental fall.
As a graduate student and a new member of the campus community, I didn’t know Drew. But I was overcome with emotion when I saw his friends and entire fraternity sitting together at Mass, supporting one another and praying together, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
There’s a lot I could say to connect my experience at Mass to the reasons upon reasons that I decided to study environmental issues. I could talk about by the intrinsic connections between spirituality and nature, or about the framework of communities, coming together in times of need. But, I think I’ll leave that discussion for another time and instead send my prayers out to Drew and those he left behind. I hope you know that the entire community is supporting you – even busy graduate students who rarely wander out of the GIS lab.