I have a full weekend in front of me, and my thoughts seem to be scattered in multiple directions. I have been preparing two homilies, one for Saturday morning, and one for Sunday morning. It has been a while since I have had preaching responsibilities on back-to-back days. I am clearly out of practice, because the two homilies keep running together.
Anyway, I am preaching at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Cheyenne, Wyoming at 8:00 am on Saturday as we begin the women's retreat. I will then lead the retreat immediately after Mass. We will end just after lunch at 1:30 pm.
I preach at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins, Colorado on Sunday morning at the 9:45 and 11:30 am Masses. I am looking forward to reflecting upon our own baptism as we recall the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas Season draws to a close and we enter back into Ordinary Time on Monday.
On another note, since I grew up not far from St. Louis, Missouri, I want to take a moment to remember a horrendous event that happened on this date in 2010. According to Wikipedia, "A mass shooting occurred at an ABB power plant in St Louis, Missouri, on January 7, 2010. An ABB Power employee, armed with multiple firearms, killed three and injured five others, two critically, and killed himself before police arrived."
Although it has been 12 years, please offer a prayer for these families. I am sure the pain of this anniversary is still quite real. I did not know any of the people involved, but the news reports are still in my mind. Since I delivered ABB transformers on a regular basis in my work at AmerenUE, I guess this shooting impacted me in a bit of a different way.
Finally, I close with another piece of unrelated material. On January 7, 1963, first class postage in the United States rose from 4 cents to 5 cents. How is that for some nostalgia?
I told you my thoughts were all over the place. Rest assured, I will be more focused as I put the finishing touches on my homilies and retreat preparation for the weekend.
Blessings and peace!