Weather weary: National Chestnut Week runs through this Saturday. Should it remain as chilly as it has been, chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire long before you hear “The Christmas Song” for the first time during the retail version of the Christmas season.

Catholic quote to note: Speaking to the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions last week in Michigan, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said, “We have to get people hungry for the Eucharist.” That’s about as succinct of a mission statement for catechesis and evangelization you’re going to find.

A time for writing: Maybe it’s something cardinals do in their 70s. Last week I mentioned that Cardinal Justin Rigali, 74, of Philadelphia had written a book on addiction. Add Cardinal Francis George, 72, of Chicago to the list of cardinal-authors. His book, titled “The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture,” is published by Crossroad Publishing Company. According to Catholic News Service the book includes revised versions of several of the cardinal’s speeches and essays.