Last evening ended by talking long into the night over cigars and adult beverages.
With the morning we are back at it. I had a chance to break the fast this morning with Bp. Michael Barber of Oakland. He has a lot of challenges in his heavy mandate. Say a prayer for vocations for that diocese. I am confident that he will make a good impact on Oakland: he strikes you right away as sharp as a razor as well as cheerful and charming. Meeting these bishops, men such as Bps. and Archbps. Vann, Coakley, Conley, Barber, Cordileone, Smith, Vasa has been encouraging.
This morning we had a talk by Archbp. Chaput on Pope Francis and Economic Justice. I still have to process it.
Here is a sight for sore eyes. It doesn’t get much better than this. Sen. Rick Santorum chatting with The Extraordinary Ordinary, Bp. Robert Morlino of Madison.
It has been a busy day (which had to include also a nap).
Tonight we have the main dinner. The speaker is to be Curtis Martin.
Today I had a chance to chat at length with several of the bishop attendees. I was also to talk again for a while – twice actually – with Sen Santorum. Also I me, finally face to face, Fr Samuel Weber, OSB, a fine teacher and liturgist, who as I write is sitting on the other side of me from Bp Vasa.
I view of Bp Vasa’s marvelous pectoral cross which has 17 relics and a piece of the Cross.