There are those who terribly resent priests taking a day off:
- Priests should never get a day off. They don’t deserve it because they’re not human beings and they should ignore what Jesus said to the Apostles about taking some time away. I listen to gripes. Quietly, off to the side, I laugh with Jesus.
- Priests should never exercise! Even if it’s good for their health, it might make it look like a day off is legitimate. I listen to gripes. Quietly, off to the side, I laugh with Jesus.
- Priests should never help others on their day off, as that might make it look like a day off is legitimate. I listen to gripes. Quietly, off to the side, I laugh with Jesus.
Meanwhile, I just go about my day off doing whatever I want, with joy in my heart and gratitude in my soul, trying also to listen to my guardian angel who listens to my gripes on a continuous basis. On the start of this last day off it very much seemed to me that my guardian angel was smacking me upside the head so that I might be smart enough to take a change of clothes. I did, wondering what in the world was in store for me on the day off.
I was soon to find out at the soup kitchen in another part of the state, where I met my neighbor to the hermitage. He told me what was in store for him that afternoon and I instantly knew that that was what I was meant to do that day. It was helpful to another and got me some exercise. A friend was finishing building a house, alone, by hand, and wanted some trees removed out back. I helped load up some logs and then helped him unload and stack those at another location. That reminded me of working with my dad when I was a kid in the north woods of Minnesota.
Oh, and, of course, um… I did put off a few rounds. I ignored some of the other course scoring sheets I brought with me and concentrated on the FAM course, going through it five times, all passing as far as scores but none quite 100%. Accuracy is improving slowly. Most stages are under the time limit, even far under the time limit, but a couple of stages need work, going over the time limit, which is a Dq. Maybe next time I won’t go through any course, but just work on those stages.