By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents, June 26, 2019
How do we keep God at a distance? There are at least two ways that we go about it. Either we lay low and stay out of trouble, or we excel at whatever task we’ve currently been assigned to. Both strategies intend to keep God out of our lives so we can keep doing what we’re doing, because we’re comfortable doing it. If you’re in one of those camps, get ready because God can call you to something different any minute now.
You may not have even noticed yourself slipping into one of these subtle thought processes that attempt to keep God at a distance. That’s why it’s important to give our lives to God at least daily. Try doing it first thing in the morning before anything else. That’s how Fr. Mike does it, and it seems to have worked out quite well for him.
“Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
*Image: In a section of a mural he commissioned for Terni Cathedral when he was bishop there, a naked Vincenzo Paglia, wearing the dark zucchetto, is among those “netted” by Jesus. The mural was painted by Argentinian artist Ricardo Cinalli, who toldthe Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, that the naked people in the nets are meant to be “erotic.”