Speaking of Lent, look closely at the palm burning photo and you will see a cross formed by the flames. The image was shot Feb. 17 at St. Clement School, Chicago, by Karen Callaway of the Catholic New World.
By the numbers I: The Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s office for planning and councils is providing participants in the archdiocese’s district synod implementation gatherings a lot of numbers about the present and future state of the church in southeastern Wisconsin. Here’s one that is indicative of how Catholic life is changing –- and going to change: During the next five years, 64 priests will be eligible for retirement.
By the numbers II: Totally unrelated to the above, but as of Feb. 16, administrative and professional expenses in the archdiocese’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings are now slightly more than $17 million.
By the numbers III: Forty days. Let’s heed Pope Francis’ Lenten advice: “Please, let’s stop. Let’s pause a while and allow ourselves to be reconciled with God.”