Thursday, February 02, 2006

Future Presvyteres Retreat, Notes, Part 2

Pres. Katerina talked about how people say what a presbytera should do: be active, love the Lord, love her husband, love the parish, pray, love children, repent, be humble, trust God, trust the saints, and trust the angels; she talked about how people say what a presbytera shouldn't do: answer for her husband, or actively discourage others from marrying a future priest. She commented that it's hard to pinpoint what makes up a good presbytera, and cautions that when she sees a presbytera doing something "bad," she doesn't notice.

So, basically, it's hard to talk about what a presbytera does or who she is without thinking about good things or bad things, so we needed another way. Pres. Katerina brought up the WWJD bracelets: "What Would Jesus Do?" Then she gave us another acronym: WWMSCD.

We couldn't guess it either, so she told us: "What Would Mrs. Santa Claus Do?" We laughed, because that was pretty much (in my opinion, at least) the idea of a "perfect" presbytera. We came up with a list of things that Mrs. Santa Claus would do, and Pres. Katerina expanded:
  • She bakes; she nourishes Santa Claus.
  • When Santa works late, she greets him with a smile when he comes home.
  • She loves the elves.
  • She would like to take all the names from the naughty list and put them on the nice list, cut them some slack.
In short, being a presbytera isn't about being "good" and avoiding being "bad." Pres. Katerina wants us to remember two things every day:
  • The kingdom of God is at hand.
  • Trust in God.
More tomorrow.


Blogger Mimi said...

Bwahahahahahaah - Mrs. Santa Claus!

Fri Feb 03, 12:44:00 PM CST  
Blogger Lissa said...

Hahaha! Funny, but a good comparision. Mrs. Claus supports Santa (the priest), cares about the elves (the parish), and looks for the good side in everyone on both "lists" (in the community). It's so neat that you have the opportunity to attend a retreat like that. I am glad that the importance and stresses of your role as a priest's wife are not overlooked while y'all are in the seminary. Otherwise, down the line when you find how the parish community looks up to you, it might seem overwhelming or you might feel as if the role was pushed onto you--but instead of being thrown to the wolves, you are given the attention and preparation that you deserve, and the church even required your consent before your husband entered the seminary. That's a really wonderful support system!

Fri Feb 03, 03:11:00 PM CST  

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