Just ate a salad inside a bread bowl. A salad sammitch. Good stuff. I'm trying to do better with packing my lunches on days I don't leave campus for lunch. Some days I try to cram in a lot of errands at lunch time and then where's the time for eating?
My computer says that to play any Youtube videos I need a Flash plugin, and of course I don't have admin priveleges to do that on this machine. So I'm listening to a CD that I've heard several times in the last few days. It's called "God's People Give Thanks," recorded in 1973 at the Church of the Redeemer in Houston. The mass music is on it, so it's a particular joy to hear the Sursum Corda sung by the rector who was later my priest in College Station for several years. Beautiful.
In Sunday School class last week we were talking about Confession (we are going through Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline). We had lifelong Episcopalians in the group, as well as those who had grown up Baptist and Catholic. Needless to say, there was a diversity of experience and opinion about the sacrament there.
Not having been brought up with it, I have a hard time with Confession, and wrestling with the "why" of that is important. For the same reason, I also have a hard time with Stations of the Cross, though I think if I could have started out with Elastigirl's Interactive Stations of the Cross for Children, I might feel differently.
There's been an interesting discussion on the innerwebs about how and whether to conflate Palm Sunday with the Passion.
Oddly, as I look at my work calendar next week, I have almost nothing scheduled (yet). It's that time of year: we've finished International Week and the end of the semester approaches, rendering the students and faculty who might be coming to see me busy with many things.
So, a quiet week. And I'm taking the day off Friday. I've learned that if I don't, it's not a good thing for me or anyone else.
Holy Week actually starts for me on Saturday, with a Quiet Day sponsored by a local DOK chapter. The title is "Our Fear: His Grace," and here's the description:
"even the hairs on your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid, you are worth more than any number of sparrows." Luke 12:7.
We live in a world of widespread change. We see suffering in ways we haven't seen or experienced before. On this day, in prayer and conversation we will explore the concept of fear and God's mercy. Through guided reflections and faith shareing we will examine our own fears, the value we place on ourselves, and God's limitless love for us.