I know for a fact that at one time in their lives, these ladies would have started the party at 10:30 PM…not be wrapping it up at that hour.
Not that I’m complaining.
Something tells me Flannery O’Connor would have registered a complaint, had she been with us at Mass today (just as she might have a couple of years ago, when I originally floated this post).
I was trying to be helpful – really, I was, in my “Gramps” sort of way. Instead, I wound up setting off a mini-crisis.
Or perhaps I should say “sitting off.”
Well, at least one-in-five of us left happy. That would be my cousin’s son, Lucas, who watched his SIU Salukis put a whuppin’ on our SLU Billikens in Carbondale the other night.
A beautiful sight—to gaze upon Midtown St. Louis, all aglow with expectation in the early hours of a December evening.
“Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!” we pray (in the responsorial psalm) on the final day of the liturgical year.
When I noticed this, I thought it was a misprint in the missal: Somebody, somewhere must have gotten ahead of themselves…and begun the holy season of Advent a day early.
Didn’t realize it at the time, but I actually got to celebrate the feast of Christ the King a little early this year.
One of the oddest things, the most curious blessings, of a Kairos Prison Retreat is the Fourth Day experience.
As team members, there’s nothing we can do to encourage our new brothers in Christ, beyond praying for them, as they begin (or continue) their walks with the Lord.
That’s much different than what happens with other Cursillo-based retreats. It leaves a bit of a hole in our hearts…
…our GRATEFUL hearts…for having had the chance to bear witness to the Good News, all weekend long inside Menard.
The long and the short of it is…it’s been a great retreat so far, thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of teammates like Brian (one of our newest Kairos volunteers) and Roy (one of our most experienced).
Please keep up the prayers for Menard #15, as we work — under the guidance of the Holy Spirit– toward a glorious Fourth Day!