The conference has wrapped up and every one has returned home… or… they aren’t there anymore. The Conference was terrific. I would go every year and I warmly recommend it to my priest readers. HERE BTW… many of the guys opined about how great it was to be with lots of priests and… no bishops. They also hold conferences in Texas and California.
Dr. John Bergsma spoke on Luke (because it is used in the N.O. Lectionary this year. He gave us his finest artistic renderings.
Mind you, that one is about half finished. But, I assure you, his lectures were every bit as good!
(Seriously, I learned a heck of a lot about Luke… and Paul!)
Bergsma and Brant Pitre created one of the best scripture resources I’ve ever seen.
He told me about their progress on the NEW TESTAMENT volume. Yay!
A more finished image from Bergsma’s stick-figure repertoire.
Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, exorcist, probably shocked and alarmed some men with his clear answers, often lacking more than one syllable.
If anyone is involved in “Centering Prayer”… STOP. Find a good priest and have him do a minor exorcism.
If there is anyone out there in SEMINARY FORMATION…
… you MUST MUST MUST provide seminarians with training in the basics of how people get into spiritual trouble with demons, what to look for, etc. This is on the rise.
Some values clarification from Ralph Martin.
In the evening there are receptions. Great fun. Some of the staff have their kids there. This is young Mr. Entropy, demonstrating with the over-sized chess set that Original Sin is at work in every human being waaaay before the age of reason. Those pieces simply had to be knocked, often kicked, over. He is setting up for another run.
Scott Hahn’s Bible parked next to my stuff as Scott parked by me for evening prayer before his evening talk. I’d really like to see inside that Bible. Do you think there might be notes?
AND… speaking of chess… thanks to the reader who sent the superb travel set.
AND… speaking of chess, one of the group challenged me to a game. I was black. This is viewed from the “a1” corner where I had queened a pawn a few moves back. I opted for a more elegant mating net without the queen. He started very strong and I was wondering if perhaps this was going to get really ugly. I eventually managed to gain the upper hand and, badda bing. Thanks! Good game!
When undertaking a journey, a priest should say his prayers.
Happily, my first flight was upgraded. However, I don’t think I have ever had a flight in or out of PIT that wasn’t late.
The second leg was pretty awful. We were stuck on the runway for about an hour and, while I am nearly always able to nap, the screen thingy wasn’t available to me. Instead I had…
Anyway… it’s done. GREAT CONFERENCES.