I began as always with Mass - very impressed with the translations for the Independence Day liturgy. Spoke to a parishioner who just returned last Sunday from Rome and other European locations. Had a quick bite to eat, did the earlier post, then went home to visit my sister, Janie, at the family home in Uniontown.
I was able to watch the beautiful Fortnight For Freedom Closing Mass from Washington with Cardinal Wuerl and hear Archbishop Chaput's homily. I found his homily very insightful, but his delivery was very low keyed.
Then I returned to North Huntingdon, skirting a storm system almost all the way, stopped for a sandwich and then watched the local fireworks sponsored by a neighboring housing plan association - Penn's Woods. They were great. I had a group of kids next to me that commented on the fireworks, guessing the next colors, commenting on what they looked like [the Death Star of Star Wars ... the Rings of Saturn ... a star ... etc]. It was fun listening in on their excitement. And here I am now, sharing these thoughts at the end of a good day. I hope your day was as relaxing as mine.