This year comes to a close in a few days. I shall be spending it with some old friends and my Godson on a military base in something called Oklahoma. It is a time to ruminate on the past year and render a measure of gratitude to Our Lord for His gifts and to pray for blessings on the coming year.
The highlight of my year was surely returning to Blighty to reunite with some old friends and to make some new ones over the course of a bottle of wine; I am most thankful for your kindness, you know who you are. I am, perhaps, less enthusiastic to remember spending a few weeks sitting on a jury for a capital murder trial which returned a guilty verdict.
I am hoping to use the new year, again, to reconnect with old friends, this time in New York and New England, and perhaps to find some more things to write about for you, dear readers. In the early days of the new year you should have the final installment of our series on "good" liturgical music and also a review of Yves Chiron's new book on Msgr. Bugnini, a most engaging work.
So, happy New Year and a blessed conclusion to the Nativity octave to all. Do spare a prayer for me, dear readers, if you can.