I am intensely busy right now. I hope to get a post up tonight after my talk in West Palm Beach – if I am not exhausted, which I may well be. I spent Pentecost at the summer property of some friends from Atlanta – Tom, the fellow who runs the private forum. He showed me with amusement this little sign beside a firepit where we said the Rosary before processing to Church. It was there when he bought the place, but he didn’t really notice it until this year and the rise of the squirrel meme on this site.
At my Birmingham area talk, I had three parishioners of a Priest who I had met on my pilgrimage. They said he remembered me from that after I started this site – and wanted to come, but had some car trouble. It was a very unique Mass. Fr. Shinnick has to cover four Parishes for Sunday Mass every week. I was in Eutaw, Alabama where the Mass would be at 2 p.m. It was a very small Church. I had to forfeit a full day of walking, but finding a Catholic Church in rural Alabama and Mississippi was a rare thing, indeed, so I waited. When Fr. Shinnick arrived, we chatted a little. At five after the hour, I was still the only one there. So we started. When it came time for the readings, he looked at me somewhat bemused and asked, “Do you want to do the readings?” Equally bemused, I said I guessed I had better.
After Mass asked him if this had ever happened before. He said no, never. It is a small Church, but he usually got at least 10-15 people. But that Sunday, it was just him and me…and I was glad I had been walking through, so he didn’t waste the trip.