A Pause for Maintenance

Hello!

It’s been a month since my last post, and two months since a really substantial one. I just wanted to post and say that more info is on the way, and give a brief run-down of what’s been happening over the last 2 months. Among others things, I’ve been taking time to catch up on some things that have been on the to-do list for some time.

  • I’ve been working part-time at the St. James Society on facilitating mission appeals, doing some computer and administrative work, and assisting in the house management in the rectory here where I’ve been living.

  • I had the opportunity to preach mission appeals on behalf of the St. James Society in several parishes in May and June.

  • The Society and I have mutually decided that the experiment for my lay membership in the Society was very worthwhile doing, but that it looks like there isn’t a fit. From my experience and perspective, I would say that the Society is in fact for diocesan priests, and there really isn’t a fit right now for lay membership. Collaboration with laity, yes, but membership, no. So, I will move on and return to being a friend and collaborator, including possibly in consulting as Barriers to Bridges. I’m very, very grateful for the opportunity, and excited about moving forward.

  • I’m also looking to see if some part-time work in teaching ESL might materialize.

  • Still keeping in touch with the people of Ecuador. There has been a change of pastor in the parish of Chontal, so returning there would include getting to know him.

  • I’ve been putting in a full effort to try and get 3 books self-published. The first is a re-publishing of Flowers in Winter. Originally published in a hurry in 2010, it’s a collection of the first 150 spiritual reflections that I had posted to the blog I write, A Living Monstrance. The next two books are just the next blocks of 150 reflections - meaning that I have over 450 reflections in total! In fact, I’m over 500, so by the time I’m done publishing these 3, it may well be time to publish the 4th! It’s a real backlog, as I thought I would have published these a while ago. The 2 new books are Light in the Darkness and Water in the Desert. I’m hoping to have a similar format and presentation across all three books. Of course, it’s taking a lot more time than I thought, but it is in fact moving along steadily and I’m very positive about it.

  • I’ve also begun some collaboration with local people I’ve met who are in career transition. We are in the initial stages of forming a career transition support group, that fills a niche in the career / job seeking field that is vacant. This has always been a branch of Barriers to Bridges that I’ve had in mind, and I’ve had some rough ideas for the past 5 years. There’s lots to say about it for another time, but one possibility is linking it with trips to Ecuador.

  • Sharing a group presentation in person is in the back of mind to do, covering the past times in Ecuador and Peru. I hope to have an update on that soon, as well as an online update including financials.

Well, there’s probably more I’m forgetting about, but I hope to post more by the end of the month.

I hope you’re having a great summer, and can also find some time to take the boat out of the water for some maintenance.

Jesus would withdraw to deserted places to pray.
— Luke 5:16
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