Notes from Exile – Day 4

Settling in.  That’s how it feels as I work on settling into a routine.  The only problem is that there is nothing routine about this, as we react to news and events that change almost instantaneously.

I think the key to this is to sort out what needs to happen now versus what can wait a bit.  It’s triage, if you will.  For those of us who work in Church, it’s an everyday occurrence. 

I’ve never seen or experienced a Church office that would consider itself “fully funded” or “fully staffed.”  We make do with what we have, and we stretch resources to their breaking point.  When we are in that space, we learn how to deal with what’s on fire now, what is smoldering, what has the potential for a blaze, and what looks like it is stable for now.

The problem is that there is nothing stable right now.  Things seem to change by the minute.  We are challenged in making decisions that are based on current information when the current information is only relevant for a few minutes! 

This is what we are faced with, and we will handle it.  Church always has a way to handle it, because this is the church of Jesus Christ, who is still its head.  Yesterday, today, and always.

I don’t have a routine yet.  I anticipate that at some point in the future I will do things at the same time each day, but for right now I’m practicing triage here.  What is on fire at this very moment is the financial health of our parishes.  We need to deal with that right here, right now.  This crisis will end, but the effects of the changes put in place today will be with us for a long time.

One more thing.

Yesterday was the Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. I recently started a 33-day journey on consecrating my life to St. Joseph, and I’m following a plan laid out in a book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of our Spiritual Father by Father Donald H. Calloway, MIC.  It is available at Catholic Supply Company.  

My original plan was to finish this consecration on a feast that celebrates St. Joseph.  Yet given the current situation in the world, I thought one more person praying and consecrating himself to St. Joseph might help things, even just a little.  I highly recommend this course of action and Fr. Calloway’s book. 

I missed posting “Notes from Exile – Day 3” but I didn’t miss praying to St. Joseph, asking for his intercessions.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

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