Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Coming Back to Life

It is a beautiful day here in the Midwest. While on vacation several weeks ago, I neglected to ask someone to water the flower boxes on my balcony. I fretted about that while I was away because I knew that the daytime temperatures in Chicago that week were in the 90's. When I returned, I discovered I had lost quite a bit, but also saw that there was still hope for some of the plants and flowers. I began immediately to do what I could to save what remained. I had someone taking care of them while I was at NPM last week and I have been watching and tending them carefully since I have returned. Here are the results:

I was thinking a lot about this re-invigoration on my balcony as I sat out there last night, enjoying the evening breeze. Sometimes my own spiritual life has mirrored what happened in the last several weeks on that balcony. I am currently on an indefinite hiatus from the parish where I have worshiped for the past ten years. There are a number of reasons for this, which I am not ready yet to share. But it has been a deeply sad time for me; I must admit feeling like what those flowers looked like several weeks ago. I have been parish "shopping" for some time now and will continue to do so until a clear direction emerges for me. But I do feel like I am coming back to life as I slowly let go of the past and look to the future of my local Catholic life with hope. Not sure yet where I will be "planted," but I am approaching this search with wide eyes, alert ears, and an open heart. Please pray for all who search for a spiritual home.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Being Catholic ... Really said...

Come visit St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church at 218 W. Alexander. We are not far from St. James. My husband, friend and I sing at the 5 PM Mass. After "parish shopping" for many years, we have been singing there for 2 years. They have been so welcoming to us.

Jane Schindler said...

Well, I am going out on a limb and saying....Move to Albuquerque!! We need you here.

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Thanks "Being Catholic . . . Really" and Jane. I appreciate the outreach. I have my eye on Albuquerque as a possible place to retire, but not for many more years!

Anonymous said...

Jerry, I think the pain that comes from leaving our spiritual home is so deep and raw. As you continue to search and to navigate the days of August - be assured you are held in prayer.