Thanks to everyone for their prayers. I had a great retreat, preceded on March 20 by an opportunity to preach a day of recollection to the Courage group in Philadelphia. I was very edified by this group of very serious Catholics who are struggling, like everyone, to keep the faith. I had the privilege of meeting Fr. John Harvey.
I here attach a translation of an excerpt from the writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe on the question of human happiness and our last end. Know your end. Not altogether unfitting for Holy Week.
I recommend preparing your families for the Truce of God. This will begin on Holy Thursday with the beginning of the Triduum and end on Easter Monday. It should not be all that heroic, though given human nature and domestic rivalries it may seem virtually impossible. Try anyway. In any case, I am giving several days notice to acclimate yourself to the idea.