I’m off to diocesan convention, which, for us, is a three day affair. I’m fully prepared with a supply of NYT crosswords and a fully charged laptop. Perhaps I’ll be inspired to write some pithy blogs. The best convention diversion in recent years was thanks to the generosity of someone who supplied us with Lego blocks, enough to get some competition going between parish delegations. The theme that year was Building the New Church. This year’s theme is Living the Scandalous Gospel. That has given me ideas on so many possibilities, but I treasure my Church, my bishop and am not yet ready to be inhibited. Besides, I have a reputation to maintain as a serious minded, dignified retired priest.