September 28, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We got rain and the promise of fall-like temperatures this week. I went last Sunday to Dallas and visited with my daughter and son. Megan and her faithful dog Stella then returned the favor and spent a few days with us. Our two dogs really like Stella, and Stella enjoys running around our big fenced-in yard. Megan and Sue were able to visit family in Nacogdoches, including Grandma Dixie in assisted living.
September20, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Later this week we officially enter fall, AKA autumn. The temperatures have finally started to moderate, and we are lulled into the idea that summer is over. Unfortunately we are still in hurricane season, with another storm brewing in the gulf.
September 14, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. It seems like just the other day Hurricane Laura was threatening the coast of Louisiana and the Gulf. Now we are watching Sally, hoping for the best for our neighbors to the south of us. I sure was disappointed that the promised “cold front” didn’t quite make it to our area. But the mornings have been pleasant, even though we are still in that summer weather pattern in Texas.
September 7, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This has been a tough week for those in southwestern Louisiana as they are still digging out of the destruction brought on by Hurricane Laura. Most people in Shelby County finally got their power back on within the week. But many in those hard- hit parishes are still waiting for lights and some air conditioning.
August 30, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. What a wild weather week we have had! Hurricane Laura hit the coast of Texas and Louisiana and moved up the Sabine River, impacting our part of East Texas. We got about three and a half inches as Laura blew through our area. But the heaviest rains came the next day. We got four inches of heavy rain Friday morning. The devastation around Lake Charles is unbelievable. There is quite a bit of damage here in Shelby County and many people still without power.
August 24, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. What pretty weather we have had! For August the temperatures have been reasonable and the humidity lower than normal. We don’t know what next week will be, as they are now predicting two hurricanes in the gulf. We certainly could use the rain here, but we worry about our neighbors along the coast.
August 17, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. You can tell it is August, and you can tell you live in Texas. Even my puppies are avoiding too much time outside. But those people who track our weather for us say there is a cool front coming in. Of course, everything is relative—a cool front means lower nineties and lower humidity. But we will gladly take what we can get.
August 10, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have had more rain, slightly cooler temperatures, and lower humidity the last week or so—but that is changing. The temperatures are reaching the high nineties, and the air is really thick. A relatively mild August was too good to last.
August 3, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It was also the first Sunday in August—hard to believe it is already August. We have been lucky so far in that we have gotten adequate rainfall and have had no triple digit temperatures. I got up early this morning so I could water my gardens. It was 67 outside, and I actually felt chilly! I know it is not going to last, but the rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures have made summer more bearable.
July 26, 2020 - Grace and peace from our brother Jesus, Amen. Sunday was the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. But these sure don’t seem like ordinary times right now! Our world is engulfed by a pandemic that is crippling economies, sickening millions, and killing tens of thousands. With many of us staying at home more, we need to carve out some time in our daily routines to look for the divine in the ordinary events of our lives. This is what the ancient Christian mystics called on people to do.