Exercise on this priest’s Day Off

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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.

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One response to “Exercise on this priest’s Day Off

  1. Joisy Goil

    How tall are those trees? My ‘guestimate’ is what’s left is about 50 feet. We took down 5 trees from or yard in June (they were estimated ot be about 80 foot each) and the entire yard was filled with brances and leaves. (they were estimated to be about 80 foot each) The poor birds and squirels were all over the place the next day surveying the damage. Never saw so many critters in our yard at one time.

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