“We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.”
After a decade, Catholic Leadership Institute moved to a new home. Ten years seems like a really long time when you say it out loud, but to me it went by very quickly. Our new space has lots of natural light, a chapel for our community prayer time every day, and a great meeting space to welcome more guests than we ever could before. With all the moving and furniture donated, the biggest task was packing. Despite our best efforts to purge and shred, as we unpacked the bins we realized we still brought more than we needed to. For an old-timer like me, it was fascinating to see how the nature of the way we work has changed since our last move. We needed about 10% of the file cabinets and we had bins that hadn’t been opened for more than a decade. We even opened an entire bin of small handheld camcorders we used to use to video tape sessions. As we stood around with puzzled looks on our faces, someone asked, "Wouldn’t we just use our phones?" Someone else asked, "How would we even watch what we recorded?" We decided to donate the camcorders along with some other prehistoric finds. Finding a willing home was harder than we thought.
In the day-to-day, it’s hard to appreciate how the nature of how we do what we do changes. It prompted me to wonder, how has the way I approach my faith changed in the last ten years? Has it changed? Have I found new ways to be more intentional? Have I adopted new tools to help me on the journey? Can I clear out some space and make my heart more "move-in ready" for the Lord? We hope to welcome you here one day, but in the meantime if you need a never-opened microwave from 2010, send me a note!