If I may quote the old line that there is “no fool like an old fool,” I am in “training” (and I use the word loosely) for a jaunt along the Appalachian Trail later this spring. Today I spent all morning out on a local trail working on my distance and completed close to ten miles all-told, the longest stretch I will do on my “pilgrimage.” After lunch and a necessary trip to Costco, I have reached the end of my energy reserves, so I will do the Catechism entry tomorrow (Friday) and post it on both pages, today’s and tomorrow’s.
However, so that you did not waste a trip to the Café, I am passing on a link I was emailed to an interesting essay on American Holy Days from the conservative Catholic publication Crisis Magazine. While Crisis is more traditional than I am, I do enjoy some of the writing, and in this case I found the essay quite informative in its explanation of the process by which we currently celebrate our six Holy Days of Obligation in the U.S.
Crisis published this today because six major regions of the United States—New York, Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Newark, and Omaha—are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension, a Holy Day of Obligation (i.e., obligatory Mass) today. In my state of Florida, the feast is transferred to next Sunday, the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The author, former dean of the School of Theology at Seton Hall University, believes transferring the feast to Sunday is a mistake. What are your thoughts?