Friday, August 13, 2010

men in black

"here come the Men in Black
(Uh it's the M.I.B.'s)
(Uh here come the M.I.B.'s)
Here come the Men in Black" (Will Smith - Men in Black, 1997)
i'm back from greater Napanee. occasionally i meet a classmate there - we meet halfway (he's in, i'm in we both have our days off on Thursday and so, after the Knights of Columbus gathering for softball Wednesday nights, i drove over. we spent the day chillin' and relaxin'.
"nah, nah, nah,
the good guys dress in black, remember that,
just in case we ever face to face and make contact."
we reflected on the first year of our priesthood, JC - ya you know me, and the lay faithful, the people that pray for us! we ate, went to see The Other Guys, and got lost on the waterfront trail in Kingston, On. like Martha, Martha, Martha, i get distracted and worried by many things. it was nice to take a full day, to choose the better part, as Mary did, and spend some time in quiet, silence, prayer, and rest.

once i got home i returned to the reality of parish life. i was happy to read one of my emails regarding a classmate, Fr. Frank, who is beginning to dip his toes into the blogosphere! the Church must be part of the public square and her priests, as well as the laity, must also play a part in the online world. this new social media also includes my still favourite XM radio. i was listening to the Catholic Channel, and enjoying the dialogue of the holy family of The Catholics Next Door (Greg and Jennifer). they were discussing their last 10-year experience - ups and downs - in using NFP. these conversations, whether done through the laity or priests, help us all to be better people, Christians and Catholics in the world. they help and encourage us to live the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, in 2010. how does one do that, exactly? together! see you at mass on Sunday. peace.

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