Monday, July 12, 2010

A Very Long Holiday Indeed

I need a holiday ... a very long holiday
and I don’t expect I shall return ...
in fact, I mean not to. (Bilbo Baggins)

Tomorrow I will be leaving to visit my family. I cannot express how excited I am. I am excited for two reasons.

First of all, it will be a chance to get to know my family members again. I feel so out of touch with them. Sure, we have written, but it’s not the same as sitting down for a long talk. I will also get to know my nieces and nephews. I feel I don’t know them at all. Some are already in college, others in high school. I remember them as small children.

Second, going home for me will be like an unofficial leaving the legion. Sure, juridically, or if you like, legally, I will still be bound to the legion. And that may last for some time. But I don’t intend to return to a legionary center or house. I will do my best to keep in contact with my bishop to see if on returning, I can move into a parish. There are priests here who have told me the door is open whenever I need to. I am seriously thinking of taking them up on it.

At any rate, when I leave tomorrow, I am not going to leave anything behind. I have an open ticket, and plan to leave it as open as possible. Yes, a very long holiday indeed.


  1. freefromrc&healingJuly 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    That is awesome! Thank you for the update....this is a much needed time for you and I am so happy the good Lord is taking care of you. Everything is going to work out. I'm so happy for you. :)

  2. Amen!!!

    Thank you God Almighty!

  3. Zip-a-dee-doo-day, Fr. Jack is going HOME!!!

    What a terrific way to spend the remaining time before you can transition into parish life. It sure beats staring at the walls.

    Since it's been so long, you will treasure this time probably more than anything -- even years from now. Take the time to do things you never had time for in past visits.

    I sure hope you'll continue blogging while you're on holiday.

    Give S a big hug and kiss for me!

    ATL Granny

  4. Dear Father,
    I am so incredibly happy for you!! We left RC and LC 2 weeks and 3 days ago. Our son was a pre-canidate in Rolling Prarie and we pulled him out a week before.

    Please be assured of our prayers!! I will follow your post daily and we will pray our rosary for you. If you are anywhere near Michigan and you need a warm meal and a pillow, our home is yours!!

    God bless you and keep you.
    Jennifer B.

  5. Sounds like a plan!
    Try to get to know the loclal priests and religious near your home too, even if you don't plan to incardinate there. The more connections you have the better. You never know thr future, it might work for you or a legion frienf who might leave a month or two from now.
    You leaving, and this blog, may give others the courage to take the same step. I hope so!
    !Dios te bendiga!

  6. Visit the family, great for you AND them. And just "waste" time having fun! You need it.

  7. One of the things I regret the most about my time as a 3gf is not knowing my nieces and nephews. I missed a lot of them being born and their first years. They hardly even knew me when I got out. It's such a tragedy how the LC/RC cuts you off from your most basic human connection...your family.


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