The last public speaking engagement I had was last Advent at St. Patrick's Parish in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I can't believe a year has passed without having had the opportunity to lead a retreat, give a parish mission, or even speak at a workshop. All of my commitments for Lent this past spring were cancelled due to COVID-19. It doesn't look too promising for the upcoming Lenten season either.
I continue to grieve for all the losses we have experienced these last nine months.
For those of you missing out on graduation ceremonies this December, please know of m prayers. My son is one of those losing out on that experience of receiving his college degree in a formal ceremony. It is not the end of the world, but it is another milestone event missed.
A former colleague of mine just died. Being unable to gather for a funeral makes grieving a challenge. However, we continue to forge ahead.
Have a blessed second week of Advent. Stay rooted in prayer.