It's been a month or so since I took my sabbatical from blogging. As I indicated then, I was feeling quite overwhelmed with work responsibilities, teaching, traveling and writing. Over the last several weeks I've been involved in all of those things, including attending the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) Convention in St. Louis during which I gave a paper, then directing the diaconate retreat for the Diocese of Pueblo at a retreat center in Colorado Springs. The highlight, however, has been the opportunity to take some much needed time for family: my wife and I have had the chance to visit our family spread out around the country. We've seen our four children and all nine grandchildren (which included meeting our newest granddaughter for the first time!), my Mother and sisters, and many other family members. I even got to baptize a new great-nephew! It's been a truly blessed time. This weekend, before heading back to the office, some of my former students -- now all involved in various ministries -- will be gathering for a small reunion. All in all, then, this has been a very life-giving time, for which I am eternally grateful!
Now is the time to return to the blog. You might notice that I've done a little refreshing of the design to signal my renewed effort. More important, while I will certainly find things to blog about, it would also be helpful to know of any particular questions that you may have, so feel free to send along questions and suggestions for blog entries.
May all who pass by find this a place of peaceful yet challenging reflection.