Conversion of St Paul

  • Brief devotions in the cathedral; MP in the office (the cathedral is cold!).
  • Consulted various commentaries on the readings for the First Sunday in Lent, did some active listening, and emerged with a basic message that I trust will evolve into a sermon before I stand up to preach in the cathedral on February 17.
  • Hand-wrote notes to clergy and spouses with milestone events in February.
  • Lunch at home.
  • Did some more liturgical prep for the clergy retreat.
  • Consulted some sources in preparation for the annual Chrism Mass (aka Liturgy of Collegiality) and laid plans for a few changes to recent past practices.
  • Friday personal prayer: Meditation on the passage from Acts narrating the conversion of St Paul. What a stunning and completely sovereign act of God–the same God who is still capable of such sovereign acts. How many “enemies of the cross of Christ” will one day be disciples–yea, apostles–of that same Jesus?
  • Took care of some personal organization and website maintenance chores.
  • Evening Prayer in the office.
  • Attended the retirement dinner for Dean Bob Brodie, whose last Sunday at St Paul’s is 10 February. There was a great turnout of both parishioners and friends from near and far.
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