Today I fly back home from Lafayette, Louisiana, after a jam-packed five days spreading the word about my book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints. I gave two private talks (to homeless pregnant mothers at the St. Marguerite d'Youville Home and to nuns at the Carmelite Monastery) and three public ones (at the diocesan center, St. Mary Magdalen, and St. Pius X). I met many wonderful people, took advantage of every opportunity to enjoy local delicacies (including fried crawfish, fried catfish, seafood gumbo, and chicken stuffed with spiced pork—it's a wonder my clothes still fit), and was tremendously inspired by the richness of the area's Catholic culture. Topping it all off, on my last night, an old friend took me out to enjoy glorious Cajun music at Pont Breaux, where the waiter said, "Y'all waitress'll be over to y'all."
After returning home tonight, I am looking forward to posting more frequently on The Dawn Patrol during the next couple of weeks—and, after that, speaking in Southern California.