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The Mid-way Point

Today marks the mid-point of my summer internship.  This 'trying on the mantle associated with more full-time ministry' has been pretty cool.  I'm getting to do interesting things, and that stuff about growing into priestly authority while trying to more fully understand my pastoral presence is being clarified and strengthened each passing day.  The forthcoming necessary things of going before the Committee on Priesthood in November and the diocesan Standing Committee sometime after that seeking candidacy for Holy Orders no longer terrifies me.  It's just part of this process of educating and forming me for ordained ministry, though I admit the gentle cautious words of a priest friend remain with me: "Remember that you've been called by God, but people are still involved in this process."  

The third year of seminary is drawing near, and if last year was any indication, this next year will absolutely fly by!  During my internship, Heart Of My Heart has been laboring long and hard to make long-desired home improvements to the Casa. She's had a new kitchen floor put in, re-did the kitchen countertops herself, arrange for electricians to come to make some much needed changes, ordered a new utility shed for the backyard, and prepared the sight for the shed installation. All these things she has accomplished because, thankfully, her father's health had taken a turn for the better, and she's been here rather than in Florida.  While I very much appreciate all her efforts, and the results of them, I confided to her that these changes feel like we're readying to leave.  That is a very real possibility with these ministry changes going on in our collective life.  There are no guarantees we will remain here in the Diocese of Virginia.  We want to, and hope we can, but realized that that might not play out the way we wish it might.  But then, we entered this knowing we are called into different ministry and called from Grace (our home parish).  

Anyway, I digress.  This started as a quick reflection that what I'm doing is fun, challenging and life-giving.  It's true it doesn't feel like work when you're doing what you love.  And I love this!  God has been working on me for a while now, and I'm beginning to sense a bit of what the road may hold for us.  Of course, it's much more easy to walk when you have someone as wonderful as Heart Of My Heart by your side.  Sometimes she leads me, sometimes I guide her, at all times our God is with us.  It's fun and we are grateful. 


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Jul. 5th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
You know my story, I've shared it many times. When I graduated, every member of our class knew where they were going but me. I wondered if I had heard our Lord clearly. Then I got that phone call from Bishop Marmion which ended up with my call to Buchanan ( I had no idea where that was, but He called and your Mom and I responded) and we loved it and received the congregations love in return. Take care. Love, Dad
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