I'll be crashing with a friend near Belmont Abbey for the next few days while I ponder my options. By a week from now, thanks to the generosity of other friends as well as hard work, I'll have enough cash to get a room somewhere in town. But I'm not sure I want to. After taxes and child support, I live on about half of what I earn; on my current job as a courier, that means I need to work at least 60 hours a week to keep a roof over my head. Often I get that, but sometimes I don't; because of the holidays, I didn't. (I was only able to get my hotel room because First Things paid me more than I expected for my book review. Thanks, Fr. Neuhaus.) Even when I get enough hours, their distribution is impossible to predict; hence I cannot commit to a second job with fixed hours or, more generally, plan my time or budget my money. My life has to change, and change radically, if only so that it can regain enough order to enable me to re-establish myself professionally.
Communion and Liberation, of which I am proud to be an active member, is more heavily concentrated in Washington than in any other American city. I love it there, having taught at CUA in 1989-90 while staying at the Dominican House of Studies. I've been discussing with the CL "responsibles" the possibility of moving back. In the DC area, somebody like me would have far more opportunities than in North Carolina, where I've never had any luck landing a professional-level job. The cielinis seem more than willing to help on the job and housing fronts, but this is not the sort of decision one makes hastily unless a plum awaits, which it isn't. Even though this pilgrim definitely feels heaven sustaining him, he still needs everybody's prayers so that the right decision is made at the right time.
Thanks for hanging in there with me. I will post tomorrow on more usual and less personal matters.