Yes, I’m on a roll this week . . . in terms of tasks and commitments, that is!
A youth minister’s schedule can indeed get filled up easily — and in a sense, the same with his life. Over and above the routine, everyday stuff, one-time special assignments time and again pop up. There’s this Ex Corde talk which I will be giving the day after tomorrow (and I’m still finalizing it — more on this in future blog entries). Also, my thoughts and opinions get requested very much these days (on various issues or concerns), and such requests necessitate well-thought out and sufficiently lengthy responses. I have yet to sit down and get started with them.
My Friday and Saturday classes in DBCS have also begun already in this new semester. In the meantime, I must carry on too with our commitment to the retreatants who come over here in our retreat house: to be available to them for the Sacrament of Confession. Once, in fact, we had three big groups simultaneously requiring confessors! We managed to pull through. And then I’m also preparing for a retreat I’ll be giving, as well as weddings I will be officiating here, very soon.
By no means am I complaining; it’s really all just par for the course. In fact, I must be grateful because with deadlines to meet and beat (“and miles to go before I sleep”), it shows that I’m still very much alive and kicking! And thanks to some “balancing acts,” I can still afford to follow the latest game of my favorite NBA team on the side through Facebook!
But may we busybodies never succumb to the occupational hazards of stress, burnout, and fatigue. Let’s not end up dizzy and disoriented, even if we’re on a roll!
MartYM or Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD is a professor of Youth Ministry. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.