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I feel drained after the past two weeks of 'parish situation hazards' that taxed my duties in the parish, archdiocese and the seminary.
I have my presence, besides being the usual suspect in the parish, also in the Senate (member), Priestly Life (member), District Priest (Chairman) and assisting in the Engaged Encounter as one of the panel of priests presenters. I have my hands already too full with these 'portfolios' and I certainly do not need any more problems to present itself unnecessary to complicate matters further.
However, as with any parish, there will always be occasions where such matters can make its way into the parish scene whereby I have to go in and fire-fight the situation. Much of the problems that I have dealt thus far, tend to fall into the case of misrepresentation, differences of expectations and lack of communication between two parties. In this case between priests of the parish and parishioners and between ministry members.
They never taught us in the Seminary, the finer details of dealing with people and how to maneuver with difficult persons using necessary PR tools or other related skills. Much of this I picked up by trial and error and through learning by experience. But not all priests have this kind of awareness and have found themselves in the firing line of people's expectations.
Hence I am certainly glad to really take a break from all this when I go for my leave in two weeks time to recover from playing nanny or fire-fighter to all the various ministries under my care. I really wonder if the correct sense of Lent is in the minds and psyche of our people when it comes to areas like prayer, conversion and penance...