I started the application process a few weeks ago, and part of that was filling out the application and sending in a check. The deadline was just a few days after the information night, so I sensed that this was considered urgent to get in and the process would start moving along quickly. Boy, I am mistaken I guess.
The check has yet to be deposited. I called the diaconate office as we were looking to change out checking account to an interest bearing one, but in order to do that, I need to close the one I wrote the check on. I was told by the diaconate office that they are reviewing all the applications before sending down the checks to the diocese. That makes sense as why deposit the check if a person has something that might prevent them from going any further. I can live with that.
What I seem to be seeing though is the diaconate office, either intentionally or unintentionally are testing our patience (that has always been a tough one for me and I always seem to have to confess impatience in the confessional). I know that no matter what they ask us to do or when they ask us to do it, the selection date of those who are accepted into aspirancy will not come any quicker.
Anyhow, is this typical for most diocese around the country? I know there is a lot of work that needs to be done between now and the decision time, and part of me just wants to start on it and get it out of the way. I am slightly worried they will ask us to do a large amount of work in a very small amount of time to test us. I also have heard that one of the “unofficial” motto’s of the diaconate program is to just be flexible. I get that, and that has actually been one of my Lenten observances.
Anyhow, I just wanted to get this off my chest, and I actually feel better now that I did. I think the moral of the story is just be patient, trust in God as He will never do anything to hurt us, and enjoy the journey. If bye the Grace of God I do make it into the Aspirancy and then into formation, I’m sure it will be a very long, hard, but rewarding process, so I should just sit back and watch our Father do what He does in this discernment process.
God bless all,