I spent all of my Postulant year learning this… the hard way, of course. This is a great little reminder.
Last summer when I was on retreat at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, my retreat director said to me:
If you really trusted God, Tom, you’d realize that, in the end, he only needs one thing from you to accomplish his will: your will. But you rely mostly on yourself, your own wits and goodness and talents, and keep God at bay.
Later I looked up the meaning of the phrase, “at bay” and found the meaning just perfect:
To control something and prevent it from causing you problems.
Yes! That’s how all too often my prayer looks: “Okay, God, not too close; calm down; not too much suffering, please; ease up on…” Or, I want to know what’s going on; but the closer I get to God, the more I surrender in trust, the more it seems I don’t know.
My retreat director counseled me to, every…
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