On Thursday morning of this week I got an e-mail asking me if I was still interested in the icon class that starts tomorrow. I won't go into all of the details, but it became possible for me to attend - thanks to the efforts of several people. I was able to talk my boss into letting me take a week of vacation with virtually no notice - while there is a huge deal going on at the hospital that is essentially my job. I have two meetings next week that I absolutely have to attend, so I will miss a morning and an afternoon, but I think I will be able to make up for what I miss.
I am so excited about this. I will get to spend seven or eight days writing an icon. It is called "writing" not painting because it is not a creative process, but a transcription process. The icons are considered a window to the saint portrayed. What an honor and blessing it is to be able to be used this way.
About the blog, I apologize for disappearing. I feel like a hack in the Catholic Blogging world. I am not that great of a Catholic. I want to be. I am trying to be. But I am so far from the kind of holy souls who blog about Catholicism.
At the graduation of Biblical School, they really stressed that we need to fulfill our calling. I thought about it and as far as I can tell, my true calling is to work with drunks. I wish it was something more glamorous than that, but working with alcoholics is something I can do, and I can do as well as I think it can be done. This is not something I am paid to do, it is something entirely different. And I have to be anonymous about it, if that gives you an idea.
So, I restarted my old blog, which is about recovery from alcoholism, after a 6 month sabbatical. It is satisfying and frustrating to write on the blog. But I think I have a voice there that is actually needed.
I love the people I have met through this blog and I will probably continue the blog, but not posting as often. I appreciate your support over the last six months.
Say a prayer for my class? I appreciate it.