At the end of the Call to Holiness Conference, I spoke at the dinner. I led with a reference to popular culture, a song by Kenny Chesney. In the country-music song, a young man learns that his girlfriend is with child. He sings, “There goes my life.”. His little girl grows up to be the light of his life. As she leaves home he sings, “There goes my life.”
Sometimes mistakes result from alcohol. The Church experienced some inebriation during and after Vatican II. We see there were mistakes made. When we sober up and let time pass, and see how God was working, we find that some mistakes can be blessings. Lots of people after the Council felt, “There goes my life”. But, “There goes my life”, often ends in graces.
Pope Benedict, in his critique of the Council and in his talks at the 50th Anniversary and the Opening of the Year of Faith has offered some sober and sobering views of where we are now and of the Council. Mistakes have been made, but that is not where it ends.
And now we have serious work to do… in the desert.
That is how I started. For there rest… you’ll have to get it elsewhere. I set my notes aside at a certain point and just let it rip.