In the meantime, though, there's something I could really use your help with, and this feels like a good time to do it. (Like everything else in my world these days, it's been in my mind for a good while and should've been done ages ago... then again, this is what happens when you live in chaos.)
In a nutshell, I'd like to hear your thoughts on what you've seen on these pages over time, and what you'd like to see here going forward. Consider it a consultation en masse -- because, well, that's what it is.
As many of you know, the door's always been wide open for your comments, suggestions, recipes, rants-and-raves, whatever's on your mind. Some of you have made ample use of this, and I appreciate it to no end -- the daily mix is only as good as the teamwork that goes into it, and the stream of feedback keeps me plugged-in more than I could ever express (however terrible I've become at responding to it... something for which I can't apologize enough). But even so, I want to extend the invitation more openly, simply because the size of this readership keeps getting larger and larger and, while I can see the number -- and usually end up getting freaked-out by it -- I've been feeling the need for a good while to delve deeper and learn a good bit more than I usually do about what's working and what isn't, what you'd like to see more of, or less, and whatever other ideas or thoughts you've got.
Just in case anyone needs reminding, these are your pages, folks, and the only thing that keeps 'em alive and coming are the prayers, input, trust, encouragement and support you've all been so incredible in gifting me with along the way. With Lent wrapping up and The Main Event (i.e. PopeTrip '08) on deck, there seems to be no better moment to renew, re-think, reflect on and re-energize this work than now, and the counter reminds me always that, every 24 hours or so, you know the best way of going about that almost 20,000 times better than I do. I can't make any promises that each idea or critique will be followed to the letter, but there's no better place to start than to rely on two things: your candor to give me the best possible picture of where things are, and your creativity to help me figure out where this little project of ours could still go.
I'm expecting an earful, albeit written... and, honestly, hoping for no less. So take the ball, run with it, and make it rain, gang.
As always, thanks for reading and helping in every way; for all your patience, kindness, goodness, forgiveness, the prayers especially and everything you do for so many to be a light to them and, together, the light of a world and a church that needs it -- needs you -- now more than ever.
Happy Weekend... and, with two weeks 'til Triduum (yep, already), all the blessings and riches of Lent's home stretch to you and yours.
The Boston crowd's been so good (so good... so good... so good) to me over the years, and I'm just looking forward to seeing the place and meeting the folks... all whilst trying to keep warm, of course.
There'll be just one open gig during the trek: Theology on Tap next Wednesday night (the 12th) at Bad Abbott's in Quincy. Just in case anyone in the area could use a late-Lent dose of heavy penance, then c'mon by -- would love to see you.