RECENT POSTS and THANKS and NEWS (and Mass for Benefactors)

What a whirlwind.

First, help each other out by checking… daily…

YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Then, also daily for a few more days… just a few seconds of your time…

HELP! 2013 About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards

And…

Now… thanks are due to a lot of readers who were trying to come to my rescue when my laptop computer died, according to the cosmic necessity expressed by Zuhlsdorf’s Law.

Many of you sent donations.  Thank you thank you thank you.

I am overwhelmed with email and other things while in Rome, so I may not write an individual note to you.  However, I am keeping track of all your names on a list:

CMB, DM, RB, PT, RB, JEM, HE, DG, DB, LM, MBD, BG, SK, JM, MA, CK, MD, JFL, HB, KR, RC, MG, MJC, MAB, RS, xyz, LC, TT, DN, KG, CB, MS, AM, NLM, AD, MF, GS, JF, PG, JB, RB, LS, KA, BB

In the last few days…

JB, RMcE, SDeS, SS, DD, ET, JPG, MK, RC, MC, NS, CD, ML, FH, RA, MF, GSM, CMB, AN, MP-P, BY, JB, MS, SA, BB, MK, C’OC, RD, DN, EL, JMJ, SM, SP, SV

and [UPDATES]

SD, JV, CS, CG, JL, KS, AC, JV, BC, FW

I am always moved by your kindness, especially when I had the laptop disaster.

UPDATE on that.  A reader here in Rome, FL, who is an IT guy, contacted me.. came to the blognic (that’s another story) and gave me some tools for the laptop.  I eventually managed to get the cover off the underside (one of the screws was set in wrong and was in danger of stripping and others wouldn’t move for a while).  I pulled the hard drive and reset it.  I started it.  Nothing.  I tried this a couple more times.  SUCCESS!  The laptop booted.  I rapidly transferred some data around to backups, made a LENTCAzT and a couple entires, did some pressing email and, after powering down later in the day… it wouldn’t boot, but I wasn’t getting the no drive message.  So, I went through the process of fixing errors and then going back to a restore point (thank you, O restore point!) and I got it going again.  I am a little afraid to turn it off, but… I think I have it under control again for a while.  A better solution awaits me in the USA.  MEANWHILE, I went to an electronics store I know and, thanks to your generosity, got a small notebook, … netbook?… very cheap, very small, but functional in a pinch.  Really clunky to post from, but I got the job done.  I also managed to write – and beat the deadline – two articles for the Catholic Herald in England (on is online and the other is for print). Furthermore, I now have an iPad (thank you Fr. TM!).  Thus, when I was doing the pics of the events of the first day of the conclave, I was watching the stream on the iPad and my iPhone, doing screen shots from the iPhone and then switching to the WordPress app to post them, and then fill in text with the little netbook.  I managed.  You made it possible.  And now that the laptop is working again. let’s hope that my posting from Rome will be smoother still.

The blog went down briefly.  I was told by support that the server struggles when getting over 800 requests per second.  Let’s hope it holds up!  They are watching it carefully.

Oh, and another thing.  The morning after the laptop died, I got a … stomach bug.  Something I ate.  The 24 hour kind with some nasty side-effects.  I don’t know how I did the EWTN thing.  When I went to do make-up, one fellow told me, “If it’s any consolation, Father, you look awful!”

I feel 1000% better now and will hit the ground running in the morning.

You are all great.

[UPDATE]

I will say Mass here in Rome for my benefactors on FRIDAY 15 March (instead of Thursday) I don’t know in which church I will say it yet. [I got an urgent intention.] Perhaps I will go to the Chiesa Nuova to the co-patron on Rome, St. Philip Neri.  I’ll let you know.  I’ll update the list, above, if more donations come in.

I would appreciate your prayers for good health for a few more days.  I spent a lot of time of the rain.

 

 

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