This is the first quiet time I have had in the past week as my entire family was home for several days. It was so good to see them all and to be able to have them in our modest home here near the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota.
The calendar year ends with such a display of feasts: Christmas, St. Stephen, St. John, the Holy Innocents, St. Thomas a Becket, the Feast of the Holy Family, and finally little-known Pope St. Sylvester. Then we launch into 2012 with the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God and the Epiphany. What a glorious couple of weeks.
Drink it all in slowly, folks. Enjoy it. It is so rich you don’t want to take it all in too quickly!
Peace to all of you!