I’ve spent the last 1.5 years of my life interviewing Father Joe, and immersing myself into understanding and writing his life story. It’s by far one of the greatest honors of my life to do so.
In the coming months, I will share more and more about the two books (illustrated and chapter) and song I’ve written about him as we prepare for publication. Yet for today, I feel led to share something I wrote nine years ago called “These Things Take Time.” I invite you to read it here.
This is what’s true for me. Had I chickened out 11 years ago on braving my unique creative path, I never would be doing what I’m doing now. The foundation of everything creative I do has been built from my signature
Kathryn the Grape
purple sweatsuit that my mom bought at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store almost four decades ago when she worked for Father Joe in an office within the store.
That warehouse thrift store in downtown San Diego is now a high-rise transitional housing complex of Father Joe’s Villages that helps many people have accommodation. The first and last photo shared in the slider above were taken last fall during our tour lunch, the last being Father Joe in his wheelchair with that building in the distance — the same building I reference in the link I shared above.
It’s been through my own journey of self-love and self-discovery that I’ve been able to activate my purple power to pursue my dreams and tell stories through books and songs — my stories and the stories of other people. I lived a different level of life before braving this path. I’m so glad I let myself try.
If I could cast any tidbit of love and light today it’s this:
Trust time. Try.
We need time for things to grow and become what they’re meant to become. We need time to grow and become.
These things take time.
You may also be interested in reading my reflections about Father Joe’s humility in this post titled, Father Joe’s Bed.