This morning the employees of the agencies of the Melbourne Archdiocese benefited from a presentation by local Cistercian monk and scholar, Fr Michael Casey, from Tarrawarra Abbey about 60km away from here in the Yarra Valley.
He finished his presentation by posing some reflection questions for us. Here are three of them:
– Have I asked myself recently what are the really important things in my life, my relationships, my work?
– Do I ever reflect on the quality of my time as distinct fromthe quantity available? Does the URGENT displace the IMPORTANT?
– Do I act as though the way I spend my time is totally outside the sphere of personal choice? Am I a slave to perceived or actual obligations?
These are tough questions if we take them seriously. Perhaps slightly related to that is the reaction I had to one of the Catholics Come Home videos I saw this morning (the “Movie” one) which ended with this hope: that at the end of my life God will say to me “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It only struck me when I heard that that this is indeed my greatest desire in life. Something to think about.