- I've just returned from a three day stay in hospital, recovering from complications arising out of my bout with pneumonia. The hospital itself was so lovely, like an old fashioned spa sanitarium, with a long, spacious yellow corridor outside my room, with lace curtains on the windows blowing in the breeze, very comfortable armchairs and sofas and potted plants arranged by the windows all the way down the corridors, and cafe tables with fresh flowers outside the rooms- giving patients the option of taking their meals in their beds or at the tables. The Czech staff were the most wonderful of any hospital I've every stayed in, friendly, witty, mischievous and so genuinely happy.
(Don't know how that #1 got there at beginning of paragraph. Must have pressed a wrong button:)
But what a joy to return home and to hear the news of the historic decision to approve gay marriage in the US state of Minnesota, with so much tireless effort expended by Catholics for this result in the face of vitriolic opposition from Archbishop John Nienstedt. Besides being a clear and radiant sign that the Holy Spirit is on the side of equality for all, this historic decision also highlights the clear message of the Spirit that church authority can so often be quite fallible and misguided, misleading the faithful into toxic positions at variance with the gospels. The real conduits of the Spirit in this historic moment are the many dedicated laity who represent the true spiritual leadership of the church.
For full commentary and wonderful, heartwarming photos, visit Michael Bayly's great blog, Wild Reed.