Because of Hurricane Francis we went to the Vigil Mass yesterday. Even though it didn’t look like Frances would cause much problems in Jacksonville, the weather has turned out pretty windy and nasty. The Vigil Mass was packed so it looks like we weren’t the only ones with this idea. The lines to confession were also rather long so it appears they used the same Hurricane checklist that I do. One thing that I absolutely love about our pastor is that he will hear confession as long as there is a line, even if he has to delay the start of Mass. The prelude for the entrance hymn was played for about 15 minutes while the last of the confessions were heard.
There were long lines at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot, but that didn’t really affect me. Most people seemed to be concerned about canned food and water in case of power outages. I seem to have different priorities. In case of loss of power I ensure that I have enough books and batteries with replacement bulbs for my book light. Added bonus was that there were no lines at book stores – go figure.