Today was pedal-to-the-metal from beginning to end (and I do mean that metaphorically, even though I did a prodigious amount of driving).

  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Breakfast from McD’s, eaten in the car.
  • Made liturgical/homiletical preparations for the Diocesan Council Mass.
  • Got my office encampment securely packed up, with appropriate items loaded in the car.
  • Presided and preached at the Mass (10am).
  • Presided at the regular August meeting of the Diocesan Council. Discussion was rather livelier than usual at times, but I think we got an important snag sorted out.
  • Met with a priest of the dioceses to discuss some discernment issues in significant detail.
  • Took an unscheduled meeting with another priest over a vexing pastoral issue. I had to cut it a little short, owing to my need to be on the road in a timely manner.
  • Headed out of town at 2:30, stopping for gas and a drive-through burger on South Grand Avenue.
  • Arrived at St Mary’s, Robinson around 5:10, ahead of their scheduled 5:30 liturgy. Presided and preached. St Mary’s is in a pastoral hiatus, but they are under the able leadership of Senior Warden Mike Clark.
  • Enjoyed some dinner and conversation in the parish hall following the liturgy. Then got back on the road westward around 7:15, arriving at the Hampton Inn in Glen Carbon around 9:40.
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