Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday

  • Morning Prayer in my office. (Cathedral being prepped for a funeral.)
  • Roughed in some substantive revisions to a "previously owned" sermon text, rehabbed for use on January 18 at Christ the King, Normal. 
  • Spoke at some length by phone with a priest of the diocese over an emerging pastoral/human relations concern.
  • Spoke at some length by phone with another priest of the diocese who has been geographically non-resident for five years but for whom I am still canonically responsible.
  • Read and responded to a couple of Ember Day letters from postulants.
  • Worked with Western Union online to transmit a small discretionary fund donation to a priest in a dangerous-for-Christians part of the world to help him with a particular project. Actually impressed with what Western Union has made possible.
  • Lunch from KFC, eaten at home.
  • Plotted all my sermon prep tasks from the beginning of Lent through Trinity Sunday. This involves looking at each date and determining whether there's some old material that can be repurposed or that I have to start a new homily from scratch, then assigning start/due dates to each of the individual actions that are associated. This happens about four times a year, but it consumes a lot of time.
  • Scanned and otherwise processed the ever-growing pile of hard copy in my physical inbox.
  • Left the office just before four o'clock to run a quick personal errant, then headed home.
  • Took some major steps in preparing for Daily Office and Mass at the annual clergy pre-Lenten retreat next month.
  • Friday prayer: Ignatian meditation on the daily office gospel reading (Mark's account of the healing of the man at the pool of Bethzatha).
  • Evening Prayer at home.

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