Then you and your predecessor released your first encyclical. Congratulations. I know from personal experience how great publishing something can be. I must confess I haven’t read it yet, but will download it to my Kindle as soon as I can.
And, of course those stories about corruption at the Vatican Bankcontinue. I’m really sorry about those. You inherited quite the mess it seems. I wouldn’t try to fix it all in one day. It took centuries — millennia, in fact — for things to get where they are. They are not going to resolve themselves overnight. But I applaud you for your efforts and am definitely in your corner.
Well, I hope you’re getting a good night’s sleep in your room in the the Domus.
Here’s a lovely Peter Mayer song to ease you into sleep. I’ve had this one on repeat lately.
Summer has finally come in my part of the world. We’re having a very warm Saturday — with the promise of more warmth to come. The various weather authorities are even predicting a heat wave.
It’s been an interesting transition, given that we’ve been rain, cold and gloomy for the past couple of weeks and it has not been very summer-like around here. It’s a rather quick transition. This, coupled with other weird weather news we’ve had of late, makes you wonder if things are actually shifting in terms of our weather patterns. I kind of think they are.
Which, to my mind, makes an engagement in the world around us all that much more important. If things are going to get unpredictable in terms of weather, the only way we’ll cope is by becoming meteorological experts ourselves. We need to re-learn the signs all around us, as they’re new signs.
It’s been a really busy couple of days. I’ve had a lot going on. Too much, perhaps. On days like this I sometimes hit a point of overwhelm, where I just can’t handle one more bit of new information or talk to one more person.
If I’ve been paying attention to myself and the warning signs, maybe I’ve headed things off at the pass. But sometimes a little overwhelm happens. And then it’s only a matter of stopping, refocusing and getting myself back on track.
For me, this means tuning out the world for a bit and focusing my mind. I guess you could call it meditation, but I’m not always so formal. Posture? Ummm. Well, sometimes I use a chair. But, don’t tell anyone, sometimes I lie down. Shhhh…
More often than not, I put some music on. One of my favorites is Hymn of the Universe.