Monday greetings from the Midwest.
On Sunday, this itinerant Catholic hopped on the "Number 20" bus and headed into Chicago's Loop for the 11:00 A.M. Mass at Saint Peter's in the Loop. The church is right on Madison Street smack in the middle of downtown Chicago.
The parish attracts many weekend visitors, tourists staying in Chicago, as well as folks who live downtown.
I walked in the church at the same time that three young adults were going in. The celebrant looked down into the foyer and said something to one of the young adults, who looked surprised that a priest was talking to him. The celebrant simply looked at the young man and said, "I was just saying 'welcome' to you." And a smile broke out across the face of the young man.
The Franciscans were so genuinely hospitable here. The music was solid; the cantor was superb; the preaching spoke directly to my heart; the lector was great.
Looking forward to a return visit.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.