Silence has not made me wise

Sorry for my long silence here on PrayTell! A lot of changes have been happening at Chateau Belcher since Hildegard’s birth. I had a summer course at St John’s and a speaking engagement at the Notre Dame Liturgy Symposium, and after those were finished, my family and I moved to South Bend, Indiana, where I will shortly be beginning my new position as Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Theology at Notre Dame.

Since my silence has not yet made me wise (Proverbs 17:27-28 notwithstanding), I look forward to continuing to seek wisdom here on PrayTell with you all. Meantime, worship like a champion on this feast of Our Lady.

Play Like A Champion Today


  1. Thank you, Fritz and Linda! However, I am deeply chagrined that I didn’t think to say “PRAY like a champion today” above. Can we all agree to pretend that I did, or do I need to wait for next year?

  2. Congratulations! I will miss seeing you at St John’s in Collegeville, but I will keep in mind to take a summer course at Notre Dame since I reside in MI now. Many blessings to your growing family and your new position.

  3. Kimberly,

    Congratulations! However, another child, a new job, a new home: those potentially stressful life events are adding up. You may find the following book helpful.

    Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus by Robert Boice

    Boice was on my dissertation committee many years ago when his focus was animal social behavior and before he became a clinician and developed his interest and research on the successful patterns of young faculty members. He already however had a strong interest in mentoring others.

    The book has three sections: I) Moderate Work at Teaching, 2) Write in Mindful Ways, and 3) Socialize and Serve with Compassion.

    All the sections follow very similar rules: 1) Wait, 2) Begin before you are ready, 3) Prepare and Present in Brief Regular Sessions, 4) Stop in Timely Fashion, 5) Balance Preliminaries with Formal Work, 6) Write with Constancy and Moderation, 7) Let go of Negative Emotions, 8.) Let others do some of the work (My favorite!), 9) Limit Wasted Work.

    The book especially emphasizes using small amounts of time to prepare courses and write rather than setting aside large chunks of time. In teaching he emphasizes the problem of being over prepared and giving students too much rather than teaching them at their level (letting them do some of the work). In writing he emphasizes the importance of making outlines, sketches, prewriting, and free writing as ways to making writing better and more efficient in the long run.

    Actually Boice’s principles are applicable to many of life’s activities, e.g. gardening, housework. Maybe even child rearing, although I do not have any experience at that.

  4. Congratulations!
    When our first child was born 21 yrs ago I was trying to juggle my practice with raising a family. A “wise” pediatric nurse gave my wife and I some advice before leaving the nursery.
    She said: “The happiest time in your life will be when you can fit your entire family with you in your bed all tucked under the same sheet.”
    Two decades later I can attest that she was absolutely correct!

    So as you begin your professional career and juggle between family life and your work remember the advice of that very “wise” nurse.
    This will indeed be the happiest time of your life!
    God Bless!

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