Thursday, May 24, 2007


Dear Ones,
It has been brought to my attention that lately you have been eating outdoors at the entrance to the Pastoral Center. I have been asked to remind you that lunch is to be eaten in the Dining Room; it is not proper to have a picnic on the Pastoral Center grounds. Let’s keep in mind that the Archbishop’s office is here, and we are professionals.

Well, it was bound to happen at some point! I've written a nice response letter, citing the human person's natural desire to be outside and other such things. I will only be here for one month more- but it is the BEST time of the year to sit outside, since it's not too hot yet! Sad face.


Jacques said...

Oh, that is cruel. Can anyone say "Office Space"?

dawn said...

i think i'm going to add this to the list of things i don't understand (which is growing quite considerably lately)..ridiculous. it is spring, the weather is nice, you are inside all day, why wouldn't you go out??? it aids in psychological status renewing self to continue working, lowers stress and promotes and overall well being of each person. whoever wrote that letter should be made to eat lunch outside for a week and see the positive benefits it has. i immediately thought it must be the same person that reprimanded you for laughing too loudly in said dining hall (though a completely unwarranted judgment).

there are greater things in this world to be concerned about, this simply is not one of them.

Paul said...

" is not proper to have a picnic on the Pastoral Center grounds."

Oh my. There's just so much wrong with that. I'm mostly concerned with the hyper-serious sense of the proper which thwarts an innocent attempt to enjoy the goodness of creation.

Jacques said...

The grand irony of it all is that the term "pastoral" technically means "having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas: pastoral scenery, the pastoral life; pertaining to the country or to life in the country; rural; rustic; portraying or suggesting idyllically the life of shepherds or of the country." (

earthie said...

Hahaha Storm that is hilarious! Thanks for reminding me of the meaning of this place :)

Jesus said to Peter, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." -Luke 5:4 said...

Wow, you not only laugh way too loudly in the dining hall, but you also assume the permission to dine outside the workplace of your shepherd? I'm so glad that leading all souls to Christ is the primary focus! Dearie, can I just say that this sounds like a specific problem in a specific other person, who assumes authority over areas that he/she does not actually possess?