Saturday, January 25, 2014

MY WINTER FUN

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In the New York metropolitan area the media and the merchants are pushing only one thing right now: Superbowl XLVIII.  I enjoy watching the game with friends every year, and just ignore all the hype and the crass commercialism leading up to it. (This is easier for me since I don't watch television.) The fact that this year's game is being played only a few miles from my monastery doesn't particularly excite me, but let me tell you something that does have me enthused and excited these days.

Proposed new cover
A few months ago Morehouse Publishing asked me to come up with a revised edition of my 2006 Lenten book Pilgrim Road  to appear in time for Lent, 2015. They left to my discretion just what the "revisions" would consist of, and I knew right away what I wanted to do.

Each year I've become more aware of the growing group of people who go back to the book every year and read the daily meditations each day during Lent. I've begun to look at these folks as making up a large community of pilgrims traveling the "pilgrim road" together. It bothers me that these faithful travelers don't get to see that they are each a part of a great group of like-minded Christians who are walking the same road at the same time as themselves. So, the revised edition will leave all the stories and daily reflections untouched, but will add features to emphasize the communal aspect of the Lenten Journey.

First and most important, I'm writing a set of discussion questions for each week of Lent specifically
Canterbury Pilgrims
designed for use by groups. I'm also including a suggested hymn, a psalm and a different "Prayer for Pilgrims" for each week as well, for groups that want to add an element of praying together the way pilgrims usually do.

Second, I'm writing some new material to be placed at the end of the book. There will be an interview with the author discussing  everything from my monastic vocation to how the book got written.I'm also thinking of putting in some unedited pages from my travel journal to give people a glimpse of the descriptive material I had to work with when writing, and, if space permits, I'll toss in some additional drawings from my sketchbook. If I have the time before the March 1 deadline I want to include a hand-drawn map of the major pilgrim roads of Europe that would include many of the towns mentioned in the book.

But the most exciting part of the whole project doesn't involve the revisions in the book but rather providing a way for the various solitary "pilgrims" to talk to one another and form a pilgrimage group during Lent via a dedicated Facebook page. Morehouse will be in charge of setting up and supervising the page (I'm not on Facebook myself and at present have no intention of joining). The plan is to have the page up and running for this lent (2014) so that it will be well established before the revised version of the book comes out next year formally inviting people to join the Facebook page. I'll let the readers of this blog know the address of the page when it comes out in case you'd like to help get it started.

I know that readers of this blog don't usually make comments, but I would enjoy hearing your reactions and suggestions regarding my plans for revising Pilgrim Road.

But in any case, at least I have a built-in cure for the "February blahs" this year.
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14 comments:

  1. I am in awe of your continued efforts to develop new ideas for this blog. Thanks Father Albert.

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  2. I like your revision ideas. I will use my copy of the book to have a more prayerful Lent. I also like the idea of a Facebook page since having small children makes it difficult for me to attend a formal prayer group. I think the Facebook page would need a moderator to stimulate discussion and prayer though. Any changes to the book that will help me in my prayer life are most welcome.

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  3. Your creativity continues to amaze! I've worn out my old dog-eared edition of "Pilgrim Road" so I'll be delighted to have a freshened revision with the added emphasis on our communal journey. I'm not on Facebook, but the new format sounds perfect for my prayer group... the discussion questions will guide us in unwrapping the meditations together. Too often I feel as though I'm slogging along my personal pilgrim road alone in the cold and rain of the world; contact with, and encouragement from, faithful fellow travelers is always most welcome.

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  4. Thanks for the encouraging feedback. I'm glad to hear that you think I'm on the right track with the revisions to "Pilgrim Road." I have to have the new changes in to the publisher by March 3, 2014. I'll keep you posted about the Facebook page, which is due to start for this lent, 2014.
    - Fr. Albert

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  5. I look forward to following the Facebook program. I have used your Advent meditations for a few years now and always feel somewhat when the book is finished. Great ideas for your proposed changes.

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  11. Midred Jackson Says

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    My name is Midred Jackson from Michigan I never believed in love spells or magic until I met this spell caster once. when I went to Africa in November 28th 2015 last year on a business summit. I ment a man called DR OTIS DARKO. He is powerful he could help you cast a spells to bring back your love’s gone, misbehaving lover looking for some one to love you, bring back lost money and magic money spell or spell for a good job.i’m now happy & a living testimony because the man I had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down because our relationship has been on for 2 years… I really loved him, but his mother was against me and he had no good paying job. so when I met this spell caster, I told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him and at first I was undecided,skeptical and doubtful, but I just gave it a try and in less than 2 days when I returned to MICHIGAN, my boyfriend (is now my husband ) he called me by himself and came to me apologize for everything and we had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married..I didn’t believe it because the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all I wanted him to do… well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid,and my husband also got a new job and our lives became much better. in case anyone needs the spell caster for some help, email address: otisdarko60@yahoo.com and he will help out...

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  12. Midred Jackson Says

    Am giving this testimony because am happy and only GOD in heaven will help me to bless and protect this great spell caster called Dr Otis Darko as he is a GODSENT into my life to change the situation of my life and restore JOY, HAPPINESS AND LAUGHTER into my life again as he alone is who I can say contact because he was the only one that could help me get my ex back to me and made him love and cherish me like never before....

    My name is Midred Jackson from Michigan I never believed in love spells or magic until I met this spell caster once. when I went to Africa in November 28th 2015 last year on a business summit. I ment a man called DR OTIS DARKO. He is powerful he could help you cast a spells to bring back your love’s gone, misbehaving lover looking for some one to love you, bring back lost money and magic money spell or spell for a good job.i’m now happy & a living testimony because the man I had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down because our relationship has been on for 2 years… I really loved him, but his mother was against me and he had no good paying job. so when I met this spell caster, I told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him and at first I was undecided,skeptical and doubtful, but I just gave it a try and in less than 2 days when I returned to MICHIGAN, my boyfriend (is now my husband ) he called me by himself and came to me apologize for everything and we had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married..I didn’t believe it because the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all I wanted him to do… well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid,and my husband also got a new job and our lives became much better. in case anyone needs the spell caster for some help, email address: otisdarko60@yahoo.com and he will help out...

    GREAT OTIS DARKO I thank you very much thank you in 1000000 times.. if not you I would have been losted and wasted thank you. Email Him Through his email address... otisdarko60@yahoo.com

    Please make sure you contact him for any financial difficulties okay or any kind of problem you are facing in life as this man is GODSENT into this world to help everyone solve their problems today in life..

    What a powerful man such as DR OTIS DARKO.. he is so much powerful..\\ email him for any difficulties.. otisdarko60@yahoo.com................... YOU CAN ALSO ADD HIM UP ON WHATSAPP USING THIS MOBILE NUMBER:+2348077526136

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  13. Be careful about love spell comments here I got scammed by three of them,I lost over $1570 until a friend direct me to Dr Otis Darko who help me get back the father of my two kids after he left me for over 2 years.and now my ex is fully back and he love me and my kids like never before.if you need help with love spell then Dr Otis Darko is the solution to your problem he charge me only $390 and his love spell work like magic.He can be reach at:otisdarko60@yahoo.com...YOU CAN ALSO ADD HIM UP ON WHATSAPP USING THIS MOBILE NUMBER:+2348077526136

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  14. I am ALEX and i want to thank DR.OTONU
    for bringing back my ex lover, we broke
    up for more than 8 month and she told me
    that she will never want to see me in her life
    again. i love her so much to the extend that
    i could not think of dating any woman again, i
    was confused and depress due to the love i
    had for her,i did everything i could do to
    have her come back to me but all went in
    vain. so i decided to contact a spell caster, i
    did not believe in spell casting i just want to
    try it may be it would work out for me. i
    contacted DR.OTONU for help,and he told
    me that he have to cast a love spell on her, i
    told him to do it. after 5 days my lover
    called me and started to apologize for
    leaving me and also she told me that she still
    love me. i was very happy and i thank DR
    OTONU for helping me get back my ex back
    to my hands. his spell is the greatest of all
    over the world, it was the love spell he cast
    on my ex that make her come back to me.
    all you ladies who want back their ex back i
    want you to contact DR.OTONU for the
    return of your ex lover and also your ex
    girlfriend he can also cast any kind of spell
    you want him to cast for you. his contact
    email is( otonuspelltemple@gmail.com) or ( otonuspelltemple@yahoo.com)
    or call him or add him on whatsapp with this telephone number (+2348169616855) just try him and there will be a
    solution to your case.

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