Today I head to the Jersey Shore to give a two-day retreat — “Creating Calm Amid Life’s Chaos” — to the principals of the Diocese of Metuchen at the San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch. Work with an ocean view. Not a bad way to make a living. We’ll be talking about all sorts of fun stuff, from cravings and everyday prayer to community and friendship. Can’t wait to get started.
Then on Saturday I fly to Alabama — my first time in that southern state — to give a few talks to the folks at St. John the Baptist Church in Madison, not far from Huntsville. If you or anyone you know will be nearby, please tell them to join us. I’ll be speaking to the adult faith formation program on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. That talk is titled “Pilgrim’s Progress: Walking the Journey of Faith Together.”
On Sunday evening at 6:45 p.m., I’ll give my main talk: “Conversion of Heart: Discovering the Divine in the Everyday.” I’ll repeat that talk on Monday morning at 9:15 a.m. before I fly home.
Should be a whirlwind week for me. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of great people because if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of a lifetime and in my travels to meet with different groups and parishes, it’s that Catholics love to have fun, even when they’re talking about God.
See y’all soon. (I’m practicing for Alabama.)