I had a great experience delivering a presentation on Practice Makes Catholic yesterday to about 1000 people here at the L.A. Religious Education Conference! It was very exciting to speak to a crowd that big! Thanks to all who came out to make this such a wonderful experience. Here’s a pic of HALF the room before it filled up with folks.
After my presentation, I had an encounter with someone who made the “soup nazi” (from Seinfeld)
look like Mr. Rogers
. Right after my talk, workers began immediately breaking down the ballroom for the next event. I was busy talking to people who attended my presentation as I was packing up my stuff. In the background I heard a woman barking directions over the microphone. After just a few minutes, I turned to leave when the woman, about 20 feet away from me, on the microphone
says, “SIR DO NOT ENTER THIS SIDE OF THE BALLROOM!” I smiled and said, “OK but do you need to chastise me on the microphone?” She replied on the microphone
, “SIR, I’VE BEEN MAKING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE LAST 5 MINUTES!! DO NOT ENTER THIS SIDE OF THE BALLROOM!!!” I’m pretty sure that the spiritual work of mercy called “admonish the sinner”
was not intended to be carried out over a microphone for all to hear!
Anyway, on a happier note, here I am pictured with friend and fellow author/speaker Fr. Jim Martin, SJ.