Thursday, June 2, 2011
YOU MAKE ME VERY ANGRY. VERY ANGRY INDEED.
This past week I had a Mass at an away parish. There was some things that took place there that I found disturbing – in a liturgical and ministerial sense. So I sit here a few days later and wonder: Do I write a letter to the priest and let him know what goes on in his absence? Chances are he knows. They were so outrageous that SOMEBODY has had to have said something over the years.
The first day I wanted to send a scathing letter. But I knew this would only merit ill feelings and circular file filing. So I waited a day to cool off.
The second day I wanted to divorce my passions from the letter and simply state facts. But he knows. I might upset his night sleep one night but that would pass.
The third day I spent time thinking about why they priest would have done things the way he did. He has some health problems. This might be his way of coping – though I still find it inappropriate.
The fourth day I thought of dropping it but now wonder if it is my Christian duty to say something to a fellow priest and for the health of the parish.
This, the fifth day, I realize I do not have all the answers and cannot save the world (ooooh! Sin of pride.) I still think that I should write but invite the priest to consider some things that might make his life easier and benefit his parish at the same time – a friendly word of advice that he could choose to ignore but friendly enough that if he wanted to talk there would be no antagonism (hopefully) between us.
So now I wonder – do I wait and see what wisdom comes from tomorrow?