The new priest is taking 7 weeks off and travelling to the Andes and Antarctica, a little climbing, some trekking. He has been saving up he says, and has some long service leave that can be used. This was his 3rd Mass.
Young men of all nations are travelling to a Caliphate with no Caliph, to join the Stone Age armies.
He will tell us all about it when he returns. He told us all this after Mass, after he had read a poem his mother wrote for him when he was a small boy.
10,000 dead from Ebola.
Next and after the greatest commandment: the second most important law, Jesus said to the Pharisees, was that you shall love your neighbour as yourself.
Two weeks ago, after his first Mass, I asked the new priest that he might consider mentioning to his congregation, us, country dwellers all, far from the cities and big towns - that Francis can be read on twitter. We all have computers.
I tried to convey some sense of urgency about this, only because I know how good it is, to hear his word nearly every day.
A simple thing, this loving your neighbour. I’ll mention it to his replacement, a little love goes a long way.
Warm up here in the ranges, all the bird baths need re-filling, and the dogs sleep all day.