Who is down on his luck. As I've posted many times before, it's been anything but an easy go of it since we came into the Church. Right at first, it looked promising as if God had opened up an entirely new life for us. But things unraveled fast, and it's been mostly this:
Now my wife has lost her job, and I've only been able to obtain temp jobs myself. Savings are all but gone, and we have no credit rating that will allow for loans. The only things left are foreclosure, bankruptcy, and homelessness.
Those who are not Catholic and who have long wondered about the wisdom (much less the theology) of our decision are a growing level of pity with a mix of 'told you so'. Even our kids have begun to say 'you know Dad, back when we were Protestant, the sun seemed to shine brighter, the flowers bloom larger, the breeze blow gentler - and then we became Catholic and everything went to hell.' We have been able to point to individual examples of overwhelming graciousness, generosity, and kindness. But as a Church, as an institution it's been crickets and silence.
Many are shocked that the Church has given us nothing in terms of a position or some level of employment. Not, as I'm reminded, that the Church owes me anything. I've read many Catholic bloggers remind me that the Church doesn't owe us jack. And that's true. It doesn't. But fact is, we're desperate, and we're becoming scared. As one of my sons pointed out, it would be easier if across the parish, we saw families all losing everything and giving up everything for the faith. Instead, they see youth taking trips to Italy and going on weekend retreats and going to parties at people's houses while they are left watching what little we have evaporate. I'm afraid it's beginning to strain their faith, at least their faith that becoming Catholic was what God wanted.
So with that, a prayer and a request. Please pray that by the end of the year, we still have a home. Second, if anyone knows anyone in Central Ohio that might hire. I've gone to many Catholic agencies and organizations throughout the diocese, but they typically want tech-specific jobs. My wife and I have both applied many times to positions through the diocese itself, but as of yet, have not even spoken with anyone (the thanks but no thanks letters becoming a file unto themselves). The the fact that despite dozens of contacts and applications, having spoken to not one individual despite, in some cases, overwhelming credentials, there is a possibility of things we don't want to consider.
Be that as it may, our most urgent request is that someone in Central Ohio let us know of someone Catholic (or otherwise) who might be willing to hire a broken down former Protestant minister or his wife. We're not picky at this point, and have applied for jobs the likes of which I haven't done since college. Of course a filthy rich Catholic with millions of dollars burning a hole in his or her pocket is just as good. But on the whole, we would prefer to work and earn our keep, even if to show everyone that becoming Catholic didn't mean the end of everything we had with no help from the Church we joined. So thanks in advance, and please feel free to email me of any information, or send this to anyone who might be able to help. God bless.