My prayers are with Barak Obama and his family this day as he takes his place as the 44th President of the United States. I am amazed by the calm and ease in which the torch of power is passed from one administration to another in our country; I'm sure it must baffle our foreign counterparts. Still, I am reminded that this democrcacy of ours is very new and very much an experiment. In the meantime, I am recuperating from an extremely busy and exciting weekend. Patrick Madrid and his lovely wife Nancy were in town and showered us with an abundance of wisdom during his three day seminar with us. We had many discussions on moral relativism, global aging and the whys and hows of responding to the many dissenters to the Cathlolic Faith. Moreover, Patrick moved us to think about what is really at stake in our country and in our world if we become complacent or lazy in our duty to defend human life at all stages. So while we bask in the glow of a new head of state, we remain ever-vigilant to our role as church militant in all of the new battles which loom on the horizon. God Bless America.