Five days to go and I return to Boston. Next assignment not yet clear. Will speak with Fr. Provincial two weeks later. The good news is that the conversation will be by phone rather than requiring me to go to New York City. From what I've been reading about the subway woes there, my resolve to go another 15 years before visiting the city has been reinforced.
There was no homily last week as the English language Mass has gone on summer break. Much of our congregation is composed of Erasmus students who are the equivalent of the American semester abroad. The students come from all over Europe. As Slovenian is unique (there are forty dialects within the country, some of much are mutually unintelligible) they come to sv. Jože for Mass in English, the language of much of their instruction. Last week I concelebrated at the Cathedral. Tomorrow I will be at the Franciscan Church. The difference is that Fr. Christian, OFM asked me to preach a five minute homily. The one above is longer than that but I edited it harshly, kind of like drowning a puppy, to fit.
I hope to return to LJ but nothing is certain. There is a tantalizing offer in the U.S. I will be back next spring to give some retreats here and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. By the end of July I should have a good idea of the next year or six.
Went out with the camera two nights ago about 10:00 PM. One of the things I will miss is the absolute safety of the streets of LJ at night. There is no way I would wander the streets of my small hometown or nearby Wilkes-Barre at 10 PM with a camera. No way. No how. Same for Washington, D.C. Maybe downtown Boston but certainly not along the Charles River.
The Franciscan Church reflected in the Ljubljanica. Is about a 7 minute walk from our place. Mass tomorrow at 11:15.