Week of August 11, 2019
Greetings everyone! This week I was thinking about what to write for my “Message from Fr. LeRoy” article in the bulletin and what popped out at me is all the missed words, spelling, and grammatical mistakes I constantly make when writing these messages! Only after I have written my article and have sent it off for print in the bulletin do I later discover all the blunders I made as I look at it in print the following week. Believe me when I say, I certainly notice these things and am truly embarrassed by them! I always shake my head and kick myself asking, “What is my problem?” “Can’t I write something the first time without making these mistakes.?” Well ….here is my explanation (and maybe my excuse for this too):
First of all, my thoughts seem to travel faster than my fingers when typing so that might explain those missing words here and there in my text. Secondly, “spell-check” can sometimes help but also hurt when my computer tries to auto-correct and puts in the wrong word be it a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, etc. Thirdly, I tend to have to put these articles together last minute and with a short amount of time so I don’t always do a thorough job of proof-reading them. Even when I do proof-read them, my mind will skip over the exact same word(s) I missed in print! I guess that comes from speed reading too much!
This said, I thought it was about time I apologize this week for my stupidity and ask for your forgiveness! Truth is, no one has really complained to me personally about this! Thank you for being so patient and understanding when what is left on the paper is not what I intended to be read or it doesn’t make sense. That’s where the frustration comes in for myself! My hope is that you still get the gist. No doubt there may be some mistakes in even writing this!
Maybe there is a good lesson in humility for myself. It also helps me realize that most people are more forgiving of me than I am of myself. My imperfections always seem to show themselves. Oh well, I guess that’s why we look to Jesus to be our Savior and our help. I still need God and with the help of our Lord, I will continue to try to do my best, sometimes with mistakes and sometimes not. (intentional!).
Peace and thanks,
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl