In the past few months, as I mentioned before, I've been reading a lot of Star Wars novels. Eighteen of them, to be precise. I've got two left in the series I'm currently in, but I've decided to put them on hold for the time being and read a book I just had delivered.
Give God Permission: The Memoirs of Fr. Bob Bedard was published this year, based on the handwritten notes this venerable old priest (my former spiritual director, and the Church's official witness of my marriage vows) had been compiling for the last few years. About a year ago he ran into some health issues, most of which have settled down, but a sad curtain of dementia has remained, shrouding this once bright mind.
Fr. Scott McCraig wrote in the book's introduction, "The signature dry humour and compelling directness of Fr. Bob suffuse the book from beginning to end. More than a few people have found themselves laughing aloud at times. But it also deals with serious matters.... It is a very personal reflection on his life." Buy it here.
I'm wrenching myself away from my fiction obsession to take in the truths and lessons contained in this book, and to reminisce on the life of a dear old friend who shall enrich Heaven with his worship there when the Lord finally calls him home.