Well, I'm "back," in a "two steps forward, one step back" kind of way (with my back, I mean). The pain is distracting me, more than anything. But this week I have been getting so many prayer intentions, and so many more have been just showing up unannounced as life goes on, that I am halfway glad to have something physical and "real" to offer as a form of intercession, "filling up in my own body what is 'lacking' in the sufferings of Christ," as St. Paul was known to say. The most recent special intention came to me through Sr. Helena, when she came back from giving a Confirmation retreat in Michigan. Seems that one of the parishioners had read the whole 800-page "stimulus package," and found a lot of abortion provisions "packaged" in those stimulating pages. That serves as a great stimulus to me for prayer and reparation. There seem to be so many of these incremental "gains" in favor of specious progress. The changes are so subtle that to bring attention to them is to invite the label "fanatic," but the cumulative effect can still be drastic.
I've been reading Fr. Rutler's latest book (A Crisis of Saints), along with de Lubac's "Christian Resistance to Anti-Semitism (1940-1944). Both books speak, I think to our present situation (although I wish Fr. Rutler's book had more unity to it; it's really just a collection of essays).