Friday, August 15, 2014

What a Ride

So it has been a while.
Much has happened.

All Grace....

And what a ride it has been!

I began my sabbatical about year ago.
I shut down most of my social media connections--twitter, Facebook, and even stepped away from blogging..then....

I traveled to Rome and made a few side pilgrimages.

I climbed mountains in Utah

I played in rock n roll concerts with my son.

I spent time listening...really listening.

I read some, prayed some more, and even did some gardening.

I fretted over the state of the world and the sins and evils.
I prayed.

I let my hair grow (what's left of it) and finally( taking my wife's suggestion) --cut my beard.
I started a new job...then ended up having a full summer of being a Dad, Husband, Son--and Uncle.

I tried to grow organic things in the garden and remodeled a basement.

nnnnnervous dad

snow in Utah

I prayed some more and then would think about writing.
...about finishing a children's book....about maybe getting back into music...and then I realized how fast everyday is moving.

Too fast.

I guess in some ways I needed to just BE.
What this means?
I have no idea.

I would hear of all the evils and sins in the world and think of how trivial me writing some thoughts would be.  So I would just shut down and have restless nights.

Part of me would love to share my insights--the ones that came to me throughout these past months.
(I admit part of me would love to stand and offer a homily or two.  But--not to be--- at least in this lifetime.)

So where does that leave all of this?  For some reason I reinstituted a twitter account and a Facebook page for the book.  I still believe it is a worthwhile story--one that invites the soul to simply surrender.  If you get a chance and happen upon this could you connect the links and share them with your friends?
I believe it may get exciting!!

In the mean time.
Pray and Fast....

twitter is @ShepherdLost

facebook is simply the title of the book;  A Lost Shepherd
from one of my favorite taverns in Gettysburg PA

I find it a little interesting that I decided to blog on this the Feast of the Assumption.
Yep...pray and fast.  Our Lady of Medugorje...pray for us.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

praylium: Sabbatical...unpaid

praylium: Sabbatical...unpaid: Yes it has been quite some time since a full fledged entry in the world of blogdom. It has been a purposeful abandonment from making entri...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Last Day in Italy---an observation

Though I have been home for a few days (attempting to track lost luggage), I have one scene which recurs and I find it somewhat humorous.
Those of you who know me are aware of my sensitivity to clericalism and the many masked forms it takes.
Well, here is how it happened.

I was shopping at the religious goods store at the Vatican (Savelli).  Two ladies who worked there were interested in helping me--it went something like this (add appropriate accents)...

"Yes, may I assist you?"
I kept looking at the fine jewelry in the case, "Yes, thanks I am looking for some earrings for my wife."
"Oh, how nice.  They are over here."  She walked to different counter where another store employee, a lady was standing.  In Italian she shared with the second lady that I was looking for some earrings for my wife--to which the lady smiled and said, "Yes, that is so nice.  I can help you, just a minute please."
I stood by the counter while she finished waiting on her customer--another man.  The man was impatient and wanted to conduct his purchase at the counter. To which the lady said "No, all transactions are over there." (she pointed to the cash register and of course a line of about 2 or 3 people.
The man replied loud enough for everyone to hear, "I cannot wait.  I have an audience with the Holy Father."
The lady remained patient but her voice and expression changed.  "I am sorry Father, but you will have to wait in line just like everybody else."
He turned in a huff, his pectoral cross swinging...

Yep, true story.

(By the way my wife loved the earrings).