Today is the feastday of Saint Josemaria Escriva, and a Mass was held in his honor this evening at San Antonio’s San Fernando Cathedral, celebrated by our Archbishop.
Everything about this Mass was extraordinary. The Cathedral itself was beutiful, as it always is. The choir has never sounded better than it did tonight. So many of my friends, Brother Knights from our Council at the Cathedral, were serving around the altar, were acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, a Deacon – heck, we almost had a quorum present, enough to hold an official Knights of Columbus meeting. 🙂
Archbishop Gustavo gave one of the best homilies I’ve ever heard from anyone. And his words at the end of Mass regarding the horrible mistake made by the U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling on marriage brought everyone to their feet giving him a standing ovation the likes of which I’ve seldom seen. And these were dignified Opus Dei types standing and clapping loudly.
And the people! I swear! Taken as individuals most Opus Dei folks seem just as normal as anyone else, but when gathered together (and the Cathedral was packed tonight), the presence of a powerful, happy, dignified love is so palpable it simply cannot be denied. It’s a feeling of family, of friendly acceptance, of belonging together that I have never sensed in any other gathering of people. But it’s always there with Opus Dei folks.
What a wonderful evening this was!
Recent snippets from the Random Thoughts file I keep in Drop Box, update during the course of my days, and upload to a public folder on Google Drive.
2010-05-19 – Sunday
1.) Yesterday drained me much more than expected. Despite sleeping till Noon, I’ve been extremely low on energy all day. I did accomplish quite a bit re: K of C chores, and did a load of laundry. But now I’m seriously fading. Shall probably put head to pillow soon.
2.) Glad the Spurs won big this afternoon.
2010-05-18 – Saturday
1.) Home from a long day’s (and night’s) work over at the Cathedral. It all went very well, as far as I could tell. Not a single bad moment, and many surprisingly good.
1.) Picked up some Ibuprofen from the market downstairs, That’s helped blunt the shoulder pain, thank God!
1.) Prepping for the busy day ahead.
2.) Annoyed by my achy right shoulder.
2010-05-17 – Friday
1.) Instead of going to the Symphony concert tonight, I’ve opted to stay home, watch a movie, work on my chess games, and do a bit of reading. Today was a very busy day, a couple of stressful meetings, a lot of shopping, and a lot of time out walking in this awful heat. Lord knows tomorrow will be an awfully hard day, and I’ll need all the rest I can get to prepare for it.
2.) And if I survive tomorrow, Sunday will be devoted to rest and following the Spurs game.
So much of my time recently has been (and will continue to be for the next several months, at least) spent learning and working with software that depends on an operating system I despise (Micro$oft Windows), that it comes as a welcome relief that I find myself learning Calibre, an e-book reader and management software program that will allow me to spend my time productively with my Debian laptop while enduring down-time in a less than optimal business environment.
Early in the morning, well before the Battle of Flowers Parade, the chairs are still stacked and chained together on the sidewalk. And some of my fellow Knights from San Fernando Cathedral Knights of Columbus Council #9463 are almost ready to start working.
Still well before the parade, some of our blue-shirted Columbian Squires can be seen marking and tagging our chairs.
After today’s big street parade the chairs are once again stacked and chained together on the sidewalk. And we (the Knights and Squires) will repeat our work for tomorrow’s big Flambeau Night Parade.