Thanks go to P.P., who sent in a most appropriate care package:
- Firstly, a bull horn that’s Coast Guard recommended for ships that are three times the size of the hermitage, and if readers remember, that’s for scaring the living daylights out of bears seeking refuge from the transmitter-collared hound dogs during this bear hunting season, for, you have to know, I have no gun to do in the bear, who would surely think that I would be a good snack while waiting out the dogs outside and while not caring less if I write in run-on sentences while not attempting to run away from him.
- Secondly, there’s a couple of jugs of organic soap, just the thing for washing away organic blood, hopefully that of the bear and not me, though possibly both, as I’m not expert with the U.S.M.C. fighting knife sent in earlier by N.S. (thanks to N.S.).
- Thirdly, there’s some smoked almonds to munch on before the fire in the wood stove, writing away on Genesis on top of the bear rug that would then grace the floor of the hermitage once I figure out how to rip the skin off the carcass that is otherwise being ripped to shreds by the transmitter collared hound dogs, dogs whose owners will most likely want the bear as well. I’m not sure if it’s allowed to keep the skin. Probably the forestry crowd or the game warden crowd want to have it in their homes. Dunno.
Anyway, all in all, a very thoughtful care package from P.P.!
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O.K., now then, thanks go to “A Cop in New Jersey”, for a donation to the hermitage, as usual, against all my protestations. He asked that a thought be given at my next Mass to Monsignor Edward J. Dalton, who passed away recently, asking our Lord about the repose of his soul. I will certainly do that, and add a Mass intention on the Mass Page to this end as well:
Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, Holy Mass is offered for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Edward J. Dalton at the request of a police officer in New Jersey.
Our New Jersey Cop writes this:
[Monsignor Dalton] was a good and holy priest who served my home parish for 50 years. I can still see him pacing the schoolyard in cassock and biretta praying his office. Your prayers for his release from purgatory [if he's there!] would be appreciated.
We all stand in need of the Lord’s grace in this family of faith. He came to get all of us, who are all so weak. Thanks for remembering us priests. Our Lord will not forget your gesture of solidarity. I’m sure our readers will join me in a prayer for the repose of the good Monsignor’s soul: Hail Mary…
May our continue to bless you all most abundantly according to the perfect intercession of the Immaculate Conception.