Saturday, October 31, 2009

Romeward Bound

The faithful remnant who occasionally look at this blog in the vain hope of anything interesting have had a lean couple of weeks - apologies! My Mother's visit was a whirlwind of being entertained by kind parishioners, then we had the Bishop here last weekend to give the permanent Deacons of the Diocese their annual retreat. Interestingly, a mouse appeared from below the pulpit in the Church on the first night. It was a Low Church Anglican mouse, because it failed to genuflect; by the end of the weekend it was seen saying the Rosary. I am not sure if it is seeking entry into the Church under the new Anglican Ordinariate. I depart for Rome on Monday, All Souls Day, with two priestly companions, on pilgrimage and retreat, in thanksgiving for my fifteenth anniversary of ordination (November 12th, the day we fly back) and for the 'Year for Priests.' I was in Rome for my tenth anniversary, the week Pope John Paul II died, which was an incredible time of grace. While praying for Pope Benedict's good health, I hope for similar graces this time. Your prayers would be appreciated!


gemoftheocean said...

Glad to hear all is well. Happy 15th anniversary to you.

Mac McLernon said...

Lucky you! Say a prayer for all your readers while you're there, safe journey, and have a great time!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Bon voyage et congratulations for your 15th anniversary.

God bless.

Kimberly said...

Ad multos annos, Fr Ben :)

Victoria said...

Do you have any idea what it is like to be reading these blogs from Australia??

You blythly speak of catching the train to Rome, Prague, Estonia etc etc as if it was a short car trip. We would have to spend 20 hours in a plane and be comatose from jet lag for at least two days after!!

For the Australian edition of your blogs couldn't you pretend that the journey is much much longer so that we won't have to go and confess that we were jealous??

Have a great trip father.

Seth DeMoor said...

Great to see Catholic dialogue online. I am starting a new blog on the faith that you may enjoy from out here in Colorado. Check it out if you like. Blessings to you and safe travels.
Seth J. DeMoor