Here is a spur of the moment PODCAzT which I put together in record speed! As I approach 100 PODCAzTs I am trying to figure out what I want to do with these audio projects, change formats, keep going, or if I should hang it up. So, doing this quickly today, taught me a few things.
In any event, today I was moved by something I read in the Office of Readings, in the Liturgia horarum, an excerpt from Letter 2 of St. Ambrose of Milan (+397) to a shiny new bishop, a fellow named Constantius about whom we know little. Ambrose gives the new bishop some advice, especially about how to teach and the source of his teaching.
A friend of mine from my native place, Bishop-Elect Paul Sirba, is going to be consecrated soon as the new Bishop of Duluth. On Friday 11 Dec, in the Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, there will be a vespers service in the manner of a farewell to their native son as he goes off to a new place in a new role for Mother Church. Since I cannot be there to fare him well, I offer the words of Ambrose as a little homage. I am sure he read them today, on the threshold of his departure from his home and friends, and pondered them with emotion. We shall pray for him.
Then I wax poetical about winter as we in the Northern Hemisphere descend into longer nights and icy chill. The changes of seasons move me and cause me to think about life, the universe and everything.
Included is one of my favorite Advent/Christmas tunes, based on a poem by Christina Rossetti set by Gustav Holst.