So I've started to "re-learn" how to drive this week. I took Sr. Jeremy's (my colleague and the Pastoral Associate at St Joseph's University Parish where I now work full time) car around the UB Campus twice and didn't kill anyone else. My stress level didn't jump much and at worst, I was probably driving a bit too slow. I take a professional lesson this morning to get used to being in traffic and will attempt to bring Sr Jeremy's car home tonight if all goes well there. At nearly 40 years old, it's not lost on me how stupid this sounds. I mean this is something that most people learn and never have to re-learn.
So today pray for my own nerves and my own confidence with this. And pray for all driver's that they realize their responsibility on the road not merely for themselves but for their passengers, pedestrians and fellow travelers.
Our Lady of the Highways (and even of the parking lot), pray for us (and me!).
Your humble blogger is Mike Hayes, a well-known expert in the world of young adult ministry (20s and 30s) in the Catholic Church. Mike is the author of Googling God (Paulist, 2007) where he explores both the chaotic world that young people live in and their religious reactions to that world. He also explores the age of instant gratification and how churches can respond to the needs of the young adult age by using technology alongside more traditional ministry methods.
Mike founded the award winning BustedHalo.com® in 2001 and continues to contribute to it as the editor of their catechetical section appropriately named Googling God.
Recently, he left BustedHalo® to focus on more direct ministry with young people at St Joseph University Parish as a Campus Minister for the South Campus at the University at Buffalo.
He has only two loves: his adorable wife, Marion and a nine pound chihuahua named Haze, who still find him amusing enough to let them live in their home.