What can I say; it has been far too long since I last posted to this blog. The work, life, school balancing act went wildly out of kilter, with work consuming much of my time. The project I have been managing for a client required weekly travel out of state since last November. It had a huge impact on the last three weeks of the fall classes at Sacred Heart. I had a feeling it might, and seriously considered not registering, but did so anyway. It wasn't easy, but I did pass both classes, Introduction to Sacred Scripture and The Theology of Ministry, with considerable contribution from the Holy Spirit.
I did take the winter semester off. The last thing I wanted to do was start a new semester the way I finished the previous one – sending in assignments via email from a hotel room in Virginia. Based on when classes are offered in the upcoming spring semester, it looks like I won’t be hitting the books again until next fall. Classes starting at 4:00 PM twice a week tends to create a little scheduling conflict with work.
I did find time to read two books about the diaconate – 101 Questions & Answers on Deacons and The Deacon at Mass: A Theological and Pastoral Guide, both by William T. Ditewig. They are fairly easy reads, both about right around 100 pages. I highly recommend them for anyone just beginning to discern the diaconate.