I was largely “off-grid” for the week of my retreat and am now catching up with the events of the world. An awful lot happened in that one week!
Some of it was exciting: the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment gallops first to mind. I’ll refrain from any specific comments until I’ve had a chance to read the entire document, but I know there will be much there that can and should affect our relationship with the world.
Some of the news was tragic: the shooting in the Charleston church. That one broke through my silence – I heard it in the petitions at Mass the morning after it happened. It remained in my prayers throughout that day.
Some of the news was a source of both sadness and relief: the resignation of the Archbishop of the Minneapolis-St. Paul diocese. I am saddened by so much that has to do with this entire story, but also relieved since I believe it signals the beginning of much needed healing in this diocese.
Through all the news, good and bad, I hear God’s voice: Trust in me. I am with you always. Good or bad, do not be afraid.
Susan so glad to read your message. As someone who has had the bishop twice (once in New Ulm and now in Minneapolis). I hope that we can move on and be the people God means for us to be. Thank you for your inspiration.