A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
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Notes from Deacon Pareja
October 20, 2019
Several of you have approached me to ask where I have been lately. You haven’t seen me around the parish for the past few weeks.
I’m happy to report that my wife, Donna, and I just returned from a much needed and much anticipated vacation. We just returned from a “fall colors” cruise that originated in Quebec City, Canada, then traversed the straits making its way to the New England states. After stops in places like Prince Edward Island, Sydney (Canada), and Halifax (Canada), we cruised towards Bar Harbor, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts, before disembarking in New York City. It was an amazing trip! It’s important for all of us to take time to balance our lives between the stresses of everyday responsibilities and time for relaxation. As some of you may recall, I work in Administration at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. As with almost any job (whether we work outside the home or we have responsibilities at home), stress is inevitable. If we don’t find ways to deal with our stress, it can become overwhelming and all-consuming. The primary theme that I have been asking my team at work to focus on this year has been Breathe & Balance.
Similar to other organizations, we have been working very hard the past few years to do all that we can do with the limited resources available to us. Many organizations have also been tasked with doing “more with less.” This never seems more evident than in the nonprofit sector. As a team, we have been doing more and more with less and less and it has been putting a strain on our team. Their physical and psychological well-being is paramount to me. Because of their commitment and hard work, our organization has become much more stable. However, the team continues to work very hard. If fact, I think we could slow down a bit to catch our breath. Further, we need to find that elusive work/life balance that so many of us are seeking. Thus, my theme for 2019 is Breathe &
Balance. In an attempt to “practice what I preach,” I decided that it was time for me to breathe and balance. Donna and I planned this trip several months ago and it was something that we have been looking forward to for quite some time. The anticipation of the trip was almost as exciting as the trip itself. It was nice to simply slow down, disconnect for daily distractions, focus on our relationship, and enjoy our time together. I can sum up the goal of our vacation in two words: Mission Accomplished! All of us could likely use a little more Breathe & Balance in our lives. But what I have learned in my years of leadership is that this concept looks different for each of us. Therefore, I don’t have a magic formula that will fit everyone’s situation. My prayer for each of you is that you find that formula for your own life and your own situation. If you’re not sure where to start, maybe a prayerful conversation with the Holy Spirit to guide you on your journey just might be a good starting point.
Opening your heart to the Holy Spirit is always a good plan! Blessings,