Bright and cold today again. I am excavating the top of my desk, with no more than moderate success. Too much to do, too little time, and setting priorities, oy vey.
We DO have power in the church again, though, thank goodness...and we've had yet another concert without tripping the circuit-breakers, hurray. I skipped the latter one, having invited parishioners for supper Sunday night, I went home and cooked instead. All went well: good food, good drink, good talk; and guests and resident cat took to each other rapturously at first sight.
I didn't make formal New Year's Resolutions but one of my "intentions" or "fond hopes" or something like that is to entertain once a week. SMALL groups. Next Sunday will be family...cheese fondue...in honour of late-December and mid-January birthdays. Married offspring will furnish salad. And I'll concoct a Bundt cake, I think, to cover the "festive dessert" component.
When we celebrate birthdays, the cake etc. is always referred to as "the cold gruel"..."Get ready to sing, Mom's about to bring in The Cold Gruel" -- this puzzles non-family guests extremely.
Just ordered Samuel Wells, Power & Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection for a Lenten study book. The regular Tuesday night session on Matthew's Gospel will resume this evening also (it'll go "into suspension" again while we read Wells). I'm hoping and praying it will appeal -- and not turn out to be "TOO HARD." It has that great allure of being a specifically Lenten book, i.e., SIX CHAPTERS...so we have some hope of finishing it in Holy Week at least.
I have 3 parishioners signed up to provide short (45 minute) presentations after coffee the next 3 Sundays -- we're calling this, "Epiphanies all over the place"! One will be on St. Augustine, one on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and one a reading from a book being written by a parishioner, on the experience of a year of liturgy here at Most Holy. He's a good writer and keenly interested in theology and liturgy. I'm very interested to see what his fellow-congregants make of this!
And I have to get on the phone and round up discernment committee members for a parishioner who is resuming candidacy for ordination to the priesthood after a lengthy hiatus in his process.
Tomorrow is meetings, all day long, the first two at the other end of the city, so I won't come into the office at all until late afternoon.
And so it goes...