7.19.2007

"You rush a miracle, you get rotten miracles."

It's not at all uncommon for people to ask me how long the Episcopal ordination process takes. Bare minimum, 5 years, I tell them. For me at this point, I think we're talking 8.

But who wants a rotten miracle?

Having said that, I'm going to take a little Process Sabbath. Not officially, just for myself. My rector will be on sabbatical until late September, and there are a few "have-to"s between now and then, but I think I'm going to try to just listen, and not squeeze myself into the process during that time.

I was talking to my spiritual advisor yesterday about things that energize me. I was also talking about the ways I feel squashed and unheard by the process. So, I'm thinking I'm going to try to take a little time to get my voice back, and then go from there.

I'm also going to go quiet from the blog for a little while, I think. If anything spectacular happens, I'll let you know, but I want a little time for myself. In submarine lingo, I'm going quiet.

7 comments:

  1. "Peace" is what my director always says. And I pass it on to you as you go quiet: Peace.

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  2. Blessings to you, Mrs M, during this time of quiet and listening.

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  3. Many blessings on your quiet time...and thank you so much for speaking out for Kate. I am sad that the decision was made and more so that it was never explained and kept quiet from most of the people in the ring.

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  4. I hope your little 'mental retreat' (least that's what it sounds like to me) goes well for you. I understand the occasional need to take a break from things, take a step back, maybe re-evaluate things or at least see what they look like from another angle...

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  5. Wow. Just when I found you. I'll look forward to reading back. Blessings on the process sabbatical. I pray "going quiet" brings discernment and peace.

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  6. peace and blessings for you quiet time- my training for Methodist Ordination will have taken 4 years by the time I recieve a call and two more years to full ordination- seems we are on a similar road :-)

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  7. It's not only good to fill the tank - but actually vital.

    I've learned that the hard way.

    So what is it that drains your tank? You might still have to do that - (e.g. counselling) but then make sure you schedule in things that fill the tank. (for me it's going to the ballet and long walks and fun books - as opposed to ones for seminary!)

    blessings as you seek Him

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"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins