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Father David Garcia among Harvard alumni featured in new book, Harvard Wisdom

January 12, 2021 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper

Topics: In the Press, Vocations, Breaking News


Father David Garcia among Harvard alumni featured in new book, Harvard Wisdom



Father David Garcia, former director of the Old Spanish Missions and past rector of San Fernando Cathedral, was recently asked to submit a reflection for a book published by Harvard alumni.

Father David was a Harvard Fellow in their Divinity School in 1994 during his sabbatical.

Harvard Wisdom is a snapshot of the collective consciousness of those who have led entire countries, companies, religious groups, militaries, and every other sector of society. It gives a glimpse into what those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement were thinking during the dark days of 2020. The book is available through Amazon.

Father David’s reflection was based on the Holy Thursday reading of the Washing of the Feet: 

Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples

Why do we need feet? Some feet of poor people never wear shoes, some feet are shackled, in leg irons, in prison. The feet of those with great talent dance or run races and inspire us. Some feet walk hundreds or even thousands of miles to escape violence or abject poverty, feet of immigrants and refugees. Feet grow old and cannot support us and cause pain. Feet walk and walk and sometimes get us lost, feet that take wrong turns in life. Feet belong to the stranger that enters our church. Feet, of all the parts of our body, are the most connected to earth. Feet also turn us around and go in the right direction. These feet, that Jesus washed, are symbols of our movement through life. They just long to walk to heaven.

Featured submissions from 171 Harvard graduates include NASA Astronaut Terry Virts, Former First Daughter of Indonesia Yenny Zannuba Wahid, Film Director Mustapha M. Khan, Actress Bitsie Tulloch, Neurosurgeon Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Silicon Valley Legend Mark Pincus, Network Broadcaster James “JB” Brown, Former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis, 2014 TIME Magazine Person of the Year Mosoka Papa Fallah, 64th President of Bolivia Eduardo Rodriguez Veltze , Former Miss Singapore Rachel Leng Hui Ying, Wall Street Legend Byron Wien, 55th President of Mexico Vicente Fox, and others.