During my theological education, I made the mistake of expecting that my vocation as a priest would exist separately from, and even contrary to, monetary concerns. I sought holy orders because of my positive (and negative) religious experiences, as well as my love of people—not my love of money. I incorrectly assumed that being a priest would allow me to operate outside the bounds and concerns of fiscal matters. I was ordained at a young age, and this expectation was born from naivete. Naturally, I soon discovered how fundamental resource allocation discernment is to not only parish ministry but to simply being an adult in the world.
Years later, I understand resources and monetary concerns to be one of the essential parts of my ministry. This is true for many reasons, most significantly the blessings inherent in resource redistribution and allocation. When people are acting out of love to one another, resources will flow naturally back and forth. This includes resources of money but also those of education, leadership, space, shelter, expertise, and so on.