It is not for lack of material. The 2016 election, the Trump administration's first days/weeks/months, the unceasing "small war" conflict running between Pope Francis and some very vocal and conservative critics--and that's just a start. There are plenty of things to blog about. However, it has become apparent that instead of that rich banquet I am seeking a way out of the desert. Christ Himself spent forty days in the desert, only to confront temptations from Satan upon return. Only then did the angels tend his needs (Matthew 4:11).
Ivan Kramskoi, Christ in the Desert (1872); source: Wikipedia
More and more recently this is where I find my own life: the desert--and wondering about what is to come. And who knows? The burdens faced today might seem light by comparison tomorrow. A good friend and mentor reminded me last summer that before resurrection we must experience the cross and then the tomb. So, really, only God knows what will happen, but I do know that I need to reconfigure my priorities. This blog, like many other nice things in my life, has become part of that load one needs to lighten in order to cross the desert. I hope to add a post or two every month, but probably no more.
I ask for your prayers and will remember you in mine. Meanwhile, here is yet another crisp, ringing video by the evangelization master, Bishop Robert Barron.
May we stay off the Schleiermacher autobahn and remained focused on Christ. Only with and through Him shall we see new life.