Mass offered at 4:00 AM this morning. Fire lit. Laudie-dog fed. Chickens fed. And then, in the dark, 50 minutes before sunrise, I was gassing up the chainsaw and adding some bar oil. I accomplished this without a flashlight, by sound alone. Makes me wonder if I could do it if I were blind… I think so. Blind people are amazing.
So, I cut to stove-friendly lengths a five foot length of 14 inch think hemlock log, along with some smaller chunks, then split these up, hauled them, brought them into the hermitage and stacked them, all done by the time the first rays of the sun were breaking over the ridge to the East.
Please God, I’ll be doing more of that throughout today, since it looks to be a beautiful day, even if it’s below freezing right now. It looks like there will rain and snow into the foreseeable future, so it would be good to get all this done today.
One happy hermit. I’m remembering ye all in prayer. Thank you for yours.
By the way, did you remember, today, this ten second novena of thanksgiving to the Immaculate Conception for seminarian Philip Gerard Johnson‘s cancer going into remission? Take out ten seconds right now and do this, as it is very much great news:
O most beautiful lady, who appeared to the humble little Bernadette in the Grotto of Lourdes, look with pitying eye upon the sick and the afflicted. Let me remember to say to you each day as do the pilgrims at Lourdes, “Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.” Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.