After a Christmas full of the joys of family time and the bummers of identity fraud and sickness, we managed to rally on Epiphany, frost some sugar cookies, and feel fortunate that, as Catholics, we get to celebrate well beyond the feast of the Nativity. All the joy didn’t have to be crammed into a solitary 24 hours.
Now that we are entering in on the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, on this uncharacteristically Spring-like January day, the Pope Benedict XVI nutcracker has been packed away with the tissue-wrapped ceramic Christ Child. We are blessed. I managed to complete all sorts of menial labor today, which means that tomorrow, the Sabbath, will be blissfully Sunday-like. This is the second weekend in a row that this has happened, and it makes me wonder why I ever put anything off – lesson planning, grading, writing, studying – until Sunday. We have no glamourous plans tonight – unless an inexpensive Bordeaux, NFL Division Playoffs (Go Ravens), or an endlessly chuckling baby fit your parameters (they might just fit mine) – and it’s rather a relief and yet another reason to feel grateful. This Year of Faith just might be about not only stoking the flames of conviction and hope, but also seeking simplicity and the gladness that can come with it.
As we consider the calendar, we have some exciting weeks ahead. Z and I will be heading to Washington, D.C. in a week and a half to march on behalf of Life. I’ll be at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception signing copies of my books (Ablaze and Radiate) all day Thursday, January 24th, as well as on the morning and afternoon of Friday, January 25th, when Z and I aren’t out Marching.
A few weeks later, on Saturday, February 9, Matt will be speaking at The Integrated Catholic Life’s Atlanta Catholic Business Conference. If you’re a Christian who is striving to unify your professional and faith life, I’d encourage you to consider attending this incredibly worthwhile event.