I'll be taking deep breaths for the next couple of days--trying to get myself "ready" for the biggest liturgical week of the year which begins Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday a week later. This year our presider for the priest parts of the services is Jim Piszker from Mercyhurst University. He is a marvelous homilist and an all-around great guy. We're thrilled to have him with us.
Meanwhile, in contrast to our indoors celebrations, the outdoors is kicking and screaming into spring, as March seems to do most years. One day it's 30 and the next 50; one morning the sunrise is so strong we don't need headlights going into work, the next morning we're scraping frost off the windshield. Springtime schizophrenia!
The first flowers, migrating birds, etc. don't seem as fazed by this off and on of spring--they just go about their spring rituals. Here are our first appearances of daffodils and irises--right on time, in their usual places. I haven't seen any signs of forsythia yet, but they should be along soon, too. If we could just have 3-4 consecutive days of 50+, all spring would break out.
Don't miss our community's website for a delightful Smilebox of last week's Canisius College visit and other recent happenings at the Mount and around the community.