This is the time of year in diocesan catechetical ministry when things begin to slow down - and the time to pick up all the little loose ends of things that have been set aside because of more pressing priorities. It is time to finalize details of events for next year's calendar, to review safe environment training reports, and more.
It is also time to reflect on the ministry. In the last year, I have had many opportunities to make a difference... even though at the time, it might not have seemed that was what was happening! In an office with limited staffing, it can seem like there are so many tasks each day that I can never hope to catch up.
I find that when I can help at least one person every day, the other, less-pleasant tasks are more bearable. It is those moments, when the phone rings, and like Jesus, who met people along the road as he was on the way to somewhere else, and stopped to listen to what they need, I listen and try to help that person put the pieces together, that makes it all worth it.