Thursday: I'm in Solo, Ohio. I fly to Houston on the 11:20 am flight. It will be good to get back to the warm weather. It is cold, snow on the ground but not too bad.
What a wonderful mission. St. Rita's is composed of a community of people who are serious about their faith and committed towards being involved and giving to people. I so enjoyed meeting them all. We were all filled with the Holy Spirit and peace Wed. night. I'll never forget these folks. Blessings as you celebrate your 90th anniversary as a parish!!
Some talks were recorded and I'll try to post links once I receive them. Here are some pictures of the lovely church of St. Rita. Main sanctuary and baptismal font. My book table on right.
I preached the Mass at EWTN Thursday Nov. 7th. The Mass went great. Large group there from Pensacola, FL. on pilgrimage. Two of my Passionist priests came to support me and con-celebrate the Mass. See pics below.
I met with Doug Keck and John Elson afterwards. I hope to be a guest of Doug's on his show "Bookmark" after the new year. I will talk about my new book about Lent. Then, I proposed to them my creating a new show called "The Hour of the Crucified." It would air every First Friday of the month. They seemed agreeable and I will draw up a proposal and submit it to them. If accepted, I will have a monthly (at least) program on EWTN! Please pray for this to become a reality. I'm excited about the prospects...
Pics: LtoR: Fr. Joseph, Fr. Phil, Fr. Cedric, Fr. Nelson. People gathering before the Mass:
Meetings with Chief Operating Officer Doug Keck and John Elson were fruitful also.
Here are some pictures from my flight to Alabama: Downtown Bham, Sunset from my hotel.
I'm finalized my new book about Lent...working with my producers on formatting it. Also, writing another book: This one about addictions/recovery. Never a dull moment. I'm also working with my TV producer on my next series: Born to Win!
I started writing my 24th book: There is a Solution, based on the 12 Steps and recovery Tuesday. Coming along great. I'm writing about root causes for addictions and addictive personalities. I'm being given lots of inspiring ideas. Also: Waiting for my editor to give me back my new book: Your Best Lent Ever! so I can finalize it and send it to print. Working on two books at once...keeping in the flow/momentum and living with Passion!
After the filming I had lunch with Marcus, Joni and their wonderful family. They treated me like royalty. It was a joy to get to know them. Marcus took me into his office and spent an hour with me talking about golf and life. Here are some pictures (band and Houston skyline in the background):
Mission: Oct. 5-9: East Islip Long Island at St. Mary Church. I preached 6 Masses last weekend. Great crowds. Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday went great am and pm! Scores of people surrendering their lives to Jesus Tuesday night. I'm so glad! I met people from downtown NY and as far away as Massachusetts and Southern New Jersey. Touched me to meet everyone. Some pictures below.
I filmed a new series at a new studio in Houston back in September. We are working on the edits to this important series now:
Filming with three 4K cameras Sunday/Monday 9 am to 4 pm each day. 9 new episodes that will be broadcast after the new year. (New series: #700 Born to win!) My next new series: What really matters (#650) is airing on TBN and Daystar and other stations. Here is the studio:
This is the Limpias crucifix in our retreat center chapels. What is different about these crucifixes are that Jesus' side has not been pierced. His eyes are still open because he is still alive and suffering. His sufferings are caught in time and eternity so that we can lay our burdens and guilt down at the foot of his cross. On Fridays especially we remember Jesus' sufferings for us. May his Passion be always in our hearts!
My precious "Pen Pals" write those who are incarcerated to encourage and inspire them. It is Jesus who is our inspiration: "I was in prison and you visited me" (Mt. 25:37). If you would like to participate in this wonderful writing ministry: Email Nancy Firmin at: firstname.lastname@example.org