PHOTO: Fred Walsh
It may sound like a track from The Best of Cheech and Chong, but "On the first day of my Spring Break, I got up!" In this case, it must have been around 5:30 AM at the sound of birds outside my window, the first sounds of the season! Given it was so nice yesterday, I spent most of the day cleaning my priory rooms as well as the trunk of my car -- I've been in a pitching frenzy these days; it makes for great spring cleaning. Open windows would accompany the springtime ritual up to 11 PM; there was no need to close the windows given it was still pretty pleasant outside.
It was my intention to wake up to the alarm at 7AM -- just in time for Lauds -- (much later than usual now that we're on break). However, the birds were not sleeping in today; as such, nor was I. So with nothing else to do, I went to the window to peer outside and I saw the most brilliant looking cardinal -- a nice sight to be seen on the lawn of a house of Religious! It seemed to set the day in motion in a pretty stunning way.
So the clean-up continues. This afternoon I'll move into my JMS office to start the pitching there. Through it all I'll be thinking of Chris as I work on the homily for tomorrow's funeral. <-- I just wrote, "Christ" instead of Chris! Perhaps that's no mistake, huh? Connecting the dots between Chris' life and the life of Christ is a great start to the homily, for sure! So the day's beauty will continue.
Enjoy the spring weather!