My View For Awhile: ”Festina Lente” Edition

I made the decision to go to NYC last night.

My ribs are still sore but now much less. My shoulder is still pesky. My foot keeps me moving quite slowly. I am determined to be patient, ask for help (harder than you might think), and – this time – use cabs and Uber rather than my usual charging around and subways.

I am not if this will be an official visit, without seeing at least one subway rat.

My trip to the airport at oh-dark-thirty was facilitated by prepositioning everything the night before in even greater detail. I’ll get more painkillers on board once they give us something to eat on the plane. Happily it is non-stop and I was upgraded.

So, a new way of visiting NYC begins. However, this is worth the inconvenience. My good friend Fr Murray will receive an award tonight; there should also be quite a few people of my acquaintance.

I may need a warmer sock.


MECHANICAL PROBLEM has driven us off the plane.

I’m trying to get something to eat.


They are now talking in terms of HOURS of delay.


I must admit to being rather low in spirits at the moment.  Right now, there is a time for the flight that could get me into Manhattan in time for the event tonight.  However, if there are any more delays, I would miss a major reason for my trip.  Yes, I have friends to see as well, but this is just …. grim.


They are now promising a plane, en route, from Des Moines. If all goes perfectly now, I will probably make my event.


We are now boarded. LET’S GO!

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12 Responses to My View For Awhile: ”Festina Lente” Edition

  1. hwriggles4 says:

    Fr. Z:

    Have a safe trip. Sounds like you are feeling a little better. I traveled with my dad when he had some difficulty getting around. Delta was helpful in utilizing a wheelchair if you need one at the airport. Some of the terminals and connections are longer distances, particularly at MSP, DTW, or ATL. It’s probably similar at LGA, JFK, or Newark.

    I am impressed with Fr. Murray when Raymond Arroyo has him on The World Over. Thank Fr. Murray for his service as a US Navy Reserve Chaplain.

  2. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Hope you feel better soon, and that you have a great trip!

    Bl. Solanus Casey, pray for us!

  3. SanSan says:

    Praying that you made it to Fr. Murray’s dinner. My goodness, but the “evil eye” is upon you! This morning’s Rosary will be said for your protection and recovery. So sorry Father.

  4. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    Have a safe trip and greet and thank Fr.Murray from this fan!

  5. Sandy says:

    Hope you made it safely and on time, Father. Last night’s news said thousands of flights were cancelled around the country b/c of the east coast snow storm. We will be eager to hear your outcome. With my mother’s passing this year, I no longer have to travel from west to east coast and I’m thankful for that. Mom, may you rest in peace.

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    Fr. Z: Prayers for a safe trip, improved health, and an enjoyable time this evening for Fr. Murray’s award.

  7. SKAY says:

    I am praying that you make the trip safely and in time to go to the event Father Z. I am a big
    fan of Fr. Murray also.

  8. SKAY says:

    I am praying that you make the trip safely and in time to go to the event Father Z. I am a big
    fan of Fr. Murray also.

  9. SKAY says:

    I am praying that you make the trip safely and in time to go to the event Father Z. I am a big
    fan of Fr. Murray also.

  10. Liz says:

    Oh, prayers that you make it!

  11. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Given all your recent travel travails, please consider seeking intercession of the prophet Jonah

  12. Ariseyedead says:

    Guess which feet are mine!

    Safe travels, Father!

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