Dr. Bill Barba has been a real friend to me since the first day I’ve been here in Buffalo. He’s been an ear in times of troubled hearts and a joyful presence at celebrations. He’s even made me healthier by inspiring me to join him and Ben Woods at morning workouts. The guy has put years back on my life by helping me get in better shape.
He’s also been a fan of Francis of Assisi for years. A St. Bonaventure graduate and now a UB professor for more than 35 years, Bill is someone in whom I see Francis’ simple and yet profound spirit embolden.
So to Dr. Bee as I call him, I decided that he would get Thomas Merton’s journals called The Other Side of the Mountain. May it be as inspiring to him as he has been to me.