Monday morning greetings from Ontario.
The parish mission at Holy Family Parish in Bolton began last night, with a focus on the power and potential of the sacrament of baptism. It's always wonderful to be here in the Toronto area. When doing presentations on Baptism in the United States, I ask where people were baptized. Most in the US were baptized somewhere in the US, with a few people baptized in countries outside the US. Last night, when I asked the question, responses were: Canada, Italy, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Croatia, Columbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Mexico, and a few more places. This is a wildly diverse place. But it all pointed to the reality that no matter where we were baptized, that sacrament fundamentally joins us together as a family of Christians.
Here's the font in which I was baptized at Saint Anthony Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Tonight's focus is on the Eucharist. I try to help people look at the Eucharist from three dimensions: sacrifice, nourishment, and reconciliation. Tonight's presentation is "heavier" than last night's because I invite people to ponder ways that celebrating the Eucharist call us to be a people aware of the vastness of God's mercy, in their lives and in our world.
I am beginning to worry about my travels for the next few days. Chicago is under a winter storm warning beginning tomorrow. I am scheduled to leave here very early Wednesday morning for Chicago. I plan to spend several hours at the office at WLP, then I travel home, empty my luggage, do the laundry, re-pack, and then leave Wednesday evening for Baltimore, where the Mid-Atlanic Congress begins on Thursday morning. But the winter storm is moving east and Baltimore is now under a winter storm watch for Wednesday and Thursday. Should be an interesting few days.
For now I am focused on the mission here in Bolton, Ontario.
Please pray for the safety of all travelers, especially those headed to Baltimore over the next few days.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.