Apologies, first, my friends, for not having posted these past few days. I was originally scheduled to be in San Diego this week, leading the music for a retreat for U.S. Catholic Army Chaplains. The retreat was cancelled at the last minute, which was disappointing. But it opened up a work week completely devoid of the usual meetings here at WLP. So I have been hard at work at my desk, assisting with our annual royalties calculations and helping out with plans for a reception at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress next month; at that reception we will be celebrating J.S. Paluch's 100 years of service to the Church.
This is World Communications Day and I found the reflections of Pope Benedict quite apt for a blog post today. An excerpt:
I wish to consider the development of digital social networks which are helping to create a new "agora", an open public square in which people share ideas, information and opinions, and in which new relationships and forms of community can come into being.
These spaces, when engaged in a wise and balanced way, help to foster forms of dialogue and debate which, if conducted respectfully and with concern for privacy, responsibility and truthfulness, can reinforce the bonds of unity between individuals and effectively promote the harmony of the human family. The exchange of information can become true communication, links ripen into friendships, and connections facilitate communion.
It is my hope that "Gotta Sing Gotta Pray" has become one of those "spaces" that the pope describes. I enjoy writing regularly and your comments, I believe, have set up a space where information and communication is exchanged. It is always a pleasure to run into you at conferences and meetings; to be able to see each other "in the flesh."
Promising to be more faithful to blog in the upcoming weeks.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.