My silence in the blogosphere is due to two things--travels and travails. First, the travails because they are more important and they are not mine. Stephanie Schmude, the Apostleship of Prayer's receptionist, Spanish-speaker, webmaster, leaflet designed, and order-taker and filler, is sick. Three weeks ago she was diagnosed with acute leukemia and she has been in the hospital ever since undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments to build up her blood and immune system. In her absence the Apostleship of Prayer office has been somewhat chaotic as we try to stay on top of all the things she does. That's especially difficult because this is our busy time of year when people around the country and in other parts of the world are ordering our leaflets with the 2013 papal intentions. While we could use prayer support now, Stephanie needs it even more. Please pray for her healing.
From October 12 to 14 I was at Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, California giving a retreat for 75 women.
Then last weekend I was at a Marian conference in Rolling Meadows, Illinois that was sponsored by Totally Yours Pilgrimages. It was a tremendous weekend in which many people stopped at my table to talk, to tell me that they hear me on Relevant Radio, and to get some of our materials. On Sunday night I was honored to be given the 24th annual Msgr. Popek award at a banquet sponsored by the St. Gregory VII Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith in Milwaukee. The title of my talk was "The Sacred Heart and the Year of Faith" and I hope to present it here in parts.
Tomorrow I leave for southern California again where I'll be giving a retreat to the leaders of "Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women." I'll be on the West coast all week and preach on Saturday, November 3 at "The Magnficat Day of Faith." This is different from the other Magnificat group. It's being sponsored by "Magnificat," the prayer book and missal people and it is being held at the Crystal Cathedral, soon to be consecrated as Christ Cathedral for the Diocese of Orange. I hope to get pictures, but without Stephanie's expert help I may have trouble figuring out how to post them.