"New Translation Thursday" greetings from Chicago. I arrived here, from Toronto, late last night.
I am so grateful for the time spent with the one bishop, many priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and the baptized lay faithful from all the dioceses of the Province of Ontario over the past few days. Some candid shots of those in attendance:
The meeting was held at Saint Francis Xavier parish in Missasauga. They have an interesting baptism font in the center aisle as you enter the church. There is a glass panel with an etched depiction of the baptism of the Lord.
More of the font, looking down into it., from the other side:
There are steps leading into the pool from the side (why people throw coins into a font is a mystery to me!),
and when the newly baptized person emerges, the path toward the altar is made abundantly visible:
There was a great variety of ministries represented at the conference, with about 130 people present. We dug into some really tough issues and we discussed the kinds of shifts that need to occur if we are to move into the direction of seeing "sacramental preparation" align itself with an initiation model. Lots to ponder as we moved through the Church's generating vision for initiation from the Second Vatican Council and the related texts from the General Directory for Catechesis.
It's back to the busy world of publishing for me here in Chicago.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.