We missed you, but we hope you will not miss your weekly contribution. We will certainly need all of you to make up for any missed envelopes, and even some Lenten sacrifices to make the king’s ransom the Duke will be sending round to collect.
Dannie confirmed what we had already guessed: the "envelopes" won't be enough. The Gerties will have to make additional "Lenten Sacrifices" (translation: hand over even more of your money) to clean up his mess. The crass cynicism is heartbreaking. It's worse than selling indulgences: The cult masters can't manage the budget, so Dan tarts up a slimy bailout scheme in religious disguise to hoodwink the suckers. Reprehensible -- and you thought the Fed played fast and loose with peoples' money!
We ran out of Lenten food last week, and Father [= the Forlorn Finn] has proven a most talented and creative vegan cook. He fed us “hamburgers” one night, and pasta and “meatballs” another, and all without the meat! Fr. Cekada was delighted by the vegan mayonnaise, and we were all charmed by many such small touches that make for a great meal. I am grateful for the relief, as I used to be terribly distracted during Vespers by the thought of what to feed the Fathers.