My calendar has filled with numerous speaking commitments for the next three months. Faculty workshops this week, catechist workshops over the next few weeks throughout Wyoming, an evening of catechesis with the parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima in Casper, the Wyoming Council of Catholic Women State Convention, A Night With The Knights in Loveland, Colorado, a Deacon and Spouse Retreat in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a men's retreat in Virginia Dale, Colorado, and a Parish Mission at St. Matthew's Parish in Gillette, Wyoming are all on the calendar between now and the end of October.
The fall season is an exciting time. I enjoy the opportunity to get out and about into many of the parishes across the state. Being with people from all across the diocese is a true blessing in my ministry. I generally accept a few requests each year for speaking engagements beyond the diocesan boundaries as well. This gives me an opportunity to see what is going on in other dioceses and possibly bring home a new idea or two in the process.
As I watched the geese fly overhead this morning, I marveled at their teamwork in the gusty winds. If one fell out of formation it quickly returned to enjoy the benefit of the work of the goose in front of it. It is my hope that we will likewise work together in the coming academic year to provide opportunities for learning and spiritual growth in our parishes all across the country. The seasons of life pass by in a hurry; the time for seeking holiness is now. Please don't procrastinate.