As His Holiness celebrates the second anniversary of his election to the See of Peter, I will be busy with two major tasks.
Sometime after celebrating the Mass in the morning and after cleaning up my desk a bit, I will head off to the "war room" in Springfield for another meeting of the Priests' Personnel Board. We have many details to attend to so I ask your prayers for this meeting.
After the meeting I may pop into Best Buy to find a cd or two of Joshua Bell, an up and coming - maybe he already has - violinist that I've heard much about in recent days; it all depends on how long the meeting lasts. I'm also told that Josh Groban has another cd out, as well.
From there I will return to Effingham, with His Excellency, the Bishop, somewhere not too far behind. I hope to arrive home in time to see to a few logistical details for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation in the evening at 7:00 p.m. of which I will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
In total, 59 people will be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit tomorrow: 48 8th graders from the parish grade school, 10 parish school of religion students, and one student from the parish high school.
It will be a long and tiring day, but the four hours in my car will afford plenty of time to pray for the Holy Father.