Heartened by the current company at Rotary House -- and undaunted by the "showers of blessing" -- I suggested we share a Compline service at home. While Jessica, Steven, Anna and I prayed together in Maseno, a refrain emailed to me by a dear friend in Massachusetts echoed in my heart:
"Fill us with your love that knows no bounds, no limits, that can only hope and cannot despair."
On Ash Wednesday, and on every day, I feel blessed to be "in the company of all faithful (and hopeful!) people" -- company that extends around the world. Thank you, Father Chip, for sharing your words of wisdom with us tonight, too.
In a homily given at noon in Edgartown (just about the time we were praying here in Maseno, eight hours "later"), he spoke about our need to do the interior work of Lent, remembering that the light of Christ, the love that can only hope, is always with us.
Fr. Chip concluded: "What might we become if we dig in that wilderness of our hearts these forty days?"