Yesterday was not a typical Sunday. I slowed down. I was feeling a bit under the weather.
I watched the TV news talk shows in the morning. Hit Don’s Place soon after 1. The games had already started. Chatted with Don, Tom, Tino, Rob, Michael and others.
Rob is going to be my golf partner in the new golf league Don is putting together. We will play well as a team. We did in bocce and so it should roll over.
I sensed something coming on. So I left Don’s Place early.
Stopped at Lisa’s for my Sunday hello. Always good to be with her and the family. Read the Sunday newspapers while there.
Started to feel worse.
Opted to go home. It was not even 3 in the afternoon yet.
I went straight to bed. And stayed there till this morning.
I think I feel better.
Tino telephoned me last night. Every one telephoned me. Each time I started to fall asleep, the telephone rang!
Tino called to tell me that a couple showed up at Don’s Place after I left. They were on vacation from Kankakee, Illinois. About an hour south of Chicago.
They were looking for Key West Lou.
Spoke with Tino, Don and Rob. Told them they read the blog every day, were vacationing in Key West and thought I would be there. How nice! I hope we run into each other at some point this week.
Today is December 7. A famous day in American history. An infamous day. Pearl Harbor!
It is also a big well recognized day in Milan, Italy. It is the feast of Saint Ambrogio. Americanized, his name is Saint Ambrose.
My name is Louis. In Italian, it is Luigi. So there is no offense in referring to the Saint as Ambrose.
The lights just went out. The power is dead. The power always goes off in the keys. I am now typing this blog by the weakened light of the computer screen. A bit difficult. But doable.
Lisa telephoned on her cell. Her power is down also.
The lights just went on. Hooray! Back to normal!
And back to Saint Ambrose.
The Italians celebrate his day big time. Especially in Milan where he sat as Bishop.
Ambrose was born in Germany around 340 AD. Not an Italian. He died in Milan in 397 AD.
Ambrose was rich. Also, a big time political figure. This is before he became Bishop of Milan. This is before he was even a priest. In fact, it is even before he was baptized a Catholic.
The Church had its problems even back then. Powerful political figures were elevated to lofty Church positions.
The Pope wanted to make Ambrose Bishop of Milan. A big job! But he was not even a baptized Catholic. Ergo, he was not a memebr of the Catholic Church.
No problem. He was sprinkled with water and baptized. A week later the Pope officially made Ambrose Bishop of Milan!
I do not know why the Pope made Ambrose bishop. Whatever he may have expected from Ambrose did not materialize. Ambose took the job seriously. He was not just another political hack.
He gave all his lands and money to the poor. Shades of Saint Anthony. He commenced living the ascetic lifestyle.
Ambrose was not married before he became Bishop. Nor did he marry afterwards. Nor did he fool around.
Clergy were permitted to marry in those days under certain circumstances. Ambrose would have nothing of it.
Theodosius was Emperor at the time. He and Bishop Ambrose had a falling out over some issue. Bishop Ambrose forbad the Emperor from partaking of the Sacraments, including receiving Communion. It took seven months for Theodosius to see the light of day. When Theodosius corrected what Bishop Ambrose thought were his errant ways, the Bishop returned him to the Sacraments and the right to receive Communion.
I tell this story on this special day because it reflects what some of the Catholic Church hierarchy are attempting to do with certain elected officials over the abortion issue today.
The Catholic Church in one of its corrupt times still had members who believed and lived God’s life. As it is today.
I do not know who is right. This abortion issue is difficult. I believe in separation of church and state.
Is refusal to offer communion a violation of that separation? Is abortion a violation of God’s law?
Enjoy your day.