Well, he also may be termed "spiritual director".
There is so much still I could be writing about, of so many spiritual matters, of Scripture, of daily occurrences and adventures the Lord provides non-stop, in every present moment. But today came a letter in the mailbox. It is rare to get one, but there it was, and in it the spiritual father wrote of how he enjoyed my last correspondence to him.
This nothing consecrated Catholic hermit had written of thoughts about our being chained to souls to help with their salvation, to bring them to the glory of Christ's salvation. The spiritual father had but one directive after adding some thoughts and liking what this hermit had written.
"Get that damn house done and get to your writing!"
I had to laugh. He does not use expletives that I've ever heard over the years. But, he wanted emphasis, I am sure.
However, the Lord does not seem to be letting up on my getting the house done fast or at all. Things have happened in the past couple of weeks, even the last week, that I am not going to write about now but will later.
One thing, though, today: Doug the cabinet installer arrived. The new, kitchen replacement cabinets had arrived on Tuesday, stacked into the other end of the width of house back room area. There was going to be a kitchen again, perhaps by Monday even if no sink until after template made and countertop ordered.
But no, not to be. A glitch occurred when Doug opened up the box with the kitchen sink base cabinet. Wrong kind ordered. So he was able to set the base cabinets except that one, and will be back in three or so weeks whenever the correct sink base cabinet arrives.
Thankfully, Lowe's was cooperative without months of delay in getting the cabinet situation remedied. By this evening, it will be on order. The Lowe's crew and this hermit are all by now on first-name basis, and they know I persevere--as I should. Right is always right, and I had specifically reminded the cabinet employee to make sure she order an apron front sink base--not the standard.
Way back, the first time they ordered cabinets for the kitchen (the ones that had been discontinued for being so terrible), they had not ordered the apron front style kitchen base cabinet and had to re-order the correct one. Third time is the charm! I am convinced that adage has to do with the power of the Holy Trinity. For me, the spiritual undergirds all; and I think this is the truth, and many perceive it, not just me.
Anyway, I can't get the "damn house" finished any time soon. I may have to bail out before it is finished. All that is up to the Lord, as are all things up to the Lord. I have put in calls for someone to come help work on things I cannot do by myself or even myself; I get no responses. The neighbor boy was to come this afternoon, and I left a phone message, but no young man came.
Instead, came a phone call from a young woman I've known since she was eight years old. We had a deeply spiritual yet practical conversation. We are connected in that way, and there is a reason she called today even though she said something had her call me after maybe 8 months of not hearing from her. I could not tell her why it is, not yet.
I'm still chuckling over the dilemma, as I, too, have very much felt I am to be writing, not working on an old house and up-keeping the grounds. However, time is running out, and I am mostly very tired after working on projects; or I have been laid up with one thing or another physically and thus not that well to write much or at least not substantively.
But I will pray and ask the Lord if I am to try more to work and write, and to please give me the energy and wherewithal to do the writing if so. I am definitely getting lots of praying in, plus have met various people amidst some recent adventures--not intending to, of course. Good to live in the Order of the Present Moment and let the Lord unfold His Will, moment by moment.
God bless His Real Presence in us, little children! Let us love one another as Jesus loves us!