Gabriel my third-born called this evening to say that she and David had decided when and how to get married. In two weeks, on the weekend of Oct. 7-8, they are driving to North Carolina to get married. They will have a civil ceremony, no family. They told David's mother today and she was disappointed. I of course am disappointed, but not so much. I'm happy for them that they don't have to go through the agony of planning a wedding, big or small. In comparison with my disappointment that they are not getting married in the Church, this is nothing. And on the first count, I believe Gabe will be back. She never does things half way. When she was all for being Catholic, she did it completely, threw herself into it. Now she has doubts, and she is throwing herself into David. I get it, I really do. Experience, choice, and will are the woof and warp of life. Gabe is an honest young woman, and she and her fiance are committed to Christ. They just don't have unity of feeling on the institutional church. Oremus. To all things there is a time and a place for everything under the heavens. A time for doubt... however much we wish it could be different.
Meanwhile, I have my round trip ticket to Birmingham for next Friday. I'll meet David and his family a week before the kids tie the knot. Bill has met him already, and gives him two thumbs up.