It is funny how the number of letters and emails that I receive reduces considerably at this time of year. All those seemingly urgent issues that had to be dealt with have disappeared as our thoughts turn to holidays – or if we cannot afford a holiday, at least a time of reduced pressure and some relaxation.
I am notoriously slow at answering my mail, and I am constantly worried about not answering it promptly. This can be because I am overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it, or sometimes because I want to give a letter more thought before I reply and then I forget about it; but I have to admit that quite often it is simply because I don’t like doing it. So, with a superhuman effort, I will take advantage of the lull in correspondence and try to catch up before I go on the Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Then, when I am in Lourdes, I will be relatively burden free. I won’t be carrying too many worries with me. And those that remain I will have time to put under God’s gaze in prayer in order that I may find a way forward. Pilgrimages always help me get my life into perspective: my priorities get readjusted and I am recentred on the things that really matter. After Lourdes I will have a holiday with an old school friend and his wife so that body as well as soul is refreshed. Yet, even so, I know that it won’t be long before I am back to a heap of unanswered correspondence – that’s life!