Bishop Lucas agreed to pose for a picture with me after the Mass:
His Excellency was very kind to me that evening (not that he isn't whenever I see him). He thanked me for my assistance at the Mass and, before we both left the church for the last time, said to me: "Take care of yourself. You have the faith [to get through this]." He is right, of course, but then again there are wounds that time itself cannot heal.
When I have time I will transcribe his homily and offer you the highlights.
I find myself today - and yesterday - not back at Mundelein but in the State's Capitol and the See of the Diocese. I'm actually in the Cathedral rectory at this moment. I expect to be back in Effingham for the weekend before getting back to Mundelein, but - as they say - we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
My pastor's dear mother is dying and will probably die later today. Rather than driving up to Mundelein only to return again to alleviate the pastor's work load, I am staying around to do whatever I can to help him and his family. Please keep his mother in your prayers.
I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon with them - and will head to hospital in just a few minutes.
To close this brief post, two shots of the back of St. John the Baptist church that I took just before leaving Quincy yesterday morning:
When life settles down just a bit and I'm in the same location for two solid days, I'll try to finally offer some reflections on the closing of my home.