Well I’m back from the Cruise and I’m at our usual Spring study session. The cruise experience was wonderful.
If your near cousin John please give him a big hug and kiss for me, for encouraging me to do it. When I got back to Japan last year I looked into it and was referred to the Apostolate of the Sea in Port Arthur Tex. After going through the vetting process I got a trip that left from Hong Kong and ended in Yokohama. 14 days stopping at three ports in China and three in Japan. In exchange for saying daily Mass for those who wanted to come and one Mass at 11:15 pm on Sunday for the crew who wanted to come, I received my room and meals plus the activities of the guests. I’ve never been so pampered in all my life. I’ve never seen so much food in all my life also. Available at any time. You are also able to help a few people who have questions and so forth. There were about 1800 guests and close to 700 crew members. About 40 to 50 were coming to daily Mass. 60 to 65 to the Saturday Vigil Mass and again to the Sunday Mass. And the last Sat. Vigil Mass we had 103. There was always something to keep you busy and a daily walk on the promenade deck or on the shore on days we were in port. Three times around the ship was 1 mile. Since we had the study session as soon as I got back I have not been able to get settled down yet. It will probably take till next Mon.
You meet people from all over the world and have a lot of great conversations. It’s amazing how small the world is, very often you had had the same experience or had been to the same place or even knew someone as another person. All in all, I have to thank the Lord for the chance to take this trip. Now back to making my own bed, getting some of your own meals, laundry and washing the dishes! I don’t think the pastor will do that for me! And a special thank you to all who helped me make the trip.
Your all in my prayers, please keep me in yours.
Bill Maher OMI