Do you know anyone who is late all the time ?
Chronic lateness is a form of Passive-Aggressive behaviour.
A person who demonstrates continual tardy behaviour is telling you that their time is more valuable than yours.
A priest who arrived at our church from another country, ten years ago, was late for every Mass.
For the first five minutes of waiting, we would sit in respectable silence, but then we would start to talk and laugh.
Some people would place bets on how late he would be this time !
And then, there came the time that he did not return at all.
We were given no explanation about where he went, or why he left so suddenly.
His Excellency, the Bishop, felt that we had no need, or right, to know. We were only the laity (people who pay the church’s bills).
May God give us the grace to speak up when something is not right.
May he also, through his kindness, give us the courage to speak the truth and not cover it up.
And, may we pray for the grace to be punctual.
Pictured is our little church, perched overlooking the mighty North Atlantic. It was built in 1842.