"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

04 October 2008

Top Ten Moments at Pittsburgh's Convention (as I experienced it) (moved)

10. Fr. JG's reminder that wherever you go you'll always be my friend.
9. Excitement at lunch over Dcn. RS's call to support the sanctity of life.
8. Fr. AK's warm greeting (and other reunions with far flung friends who are still canonically resident in da Burgh.)
7. Fr. JM's grace under constant fire.
6. Bp. RD (okay, we all know who he is!) beaming as we applauded him and then reminding us by joyful hand jestures (over the applause) to give the glory to God.
5. Fr. BR, a friend "Across the Aisle" asking me for a "He's still my bishop" button, and assuring me that our friendship won't change after the vote (as if I had doubts).
4. DP at the organ for opening Eucharist.
3. The tension and then respectful quiet as the results of the realignment vote were announced.
2. Receiving my license from the Southern Cone. (And hugs and greetings of 'buenos dias' among realigned friends afterwards!)
1. Cn. MH.... "Pittsburgh Babe", breaking the tension just when it most needed to be broken. :)

Okay, receiving my license was actually number one, but David Letterman would not be pleased if I didn't save the Pittsburgh Babe zinger for number one. M may have been a bit embarrassed but she handled it well and the laughter was a total gift from God.

And to misuse a quote from Lewis Grizzard, I'll end by saying, "I'm American by birth and Southern (Cone) by the grace of God!"

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