“Maintaining the Course”

“Maintain the Course”  Mt. 7:6, 12-14  “Go in through the narrow gate because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy and there are many who travel it.”

It takes personal discipline and consistent practice to get an education. It takes personal discipline and consistent practice for me to stay in ministry day in and day out.  To have a life dedicated to Jesus, to his path–to follow him we must choose the good over the easy, the better over the good.  We must live the spiritual life consciously.  I have had friends say to me they do not have time to pray during the day– ie to practice the “Liturgy of the Hours”. It takes me an hour and a half at the most through out the day to say the Office and to celebrate the Eucharist.  Last week in Chicago there was a young seminarian, who is queer, wanting to do a queer ministry–afraid of the how to survive, and I told her it is an act of faith–there are no guarantees–you step out in faith and take it one moment at a time. You maintain the course. Life is not easy, ministry is sure not easy–but it is hellar rewarding. I spent last night having dinner with Keenan, and then went to the Haight.  I bought dinner for one young guy and we talked for an hour.  Home to start preparing meal and to bed.   People always asked me about all the exciting things I do–well– it is simply being present, talking, listening. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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