Jonah and the Will

by Fr. Jeff

I had been distracted all day. I got home late last night from the retreat and was up early to pray and head off to the Magnificat prayer breakfast. When I finally got home later this afternoon from my other priestly errands, I knew I didn’t have much time. I was filling in for the priest in the next parish, and Mass started at 6.

I tried praying with the texts in the chapel; I tried to pray on my drive to the church. Perhaps the schedule of the last few days caught up with me because I just couldn’t focus long enough to adequately prepare for the homily.

Entering the confessional at 5:15pm, I saw that Mass didn’t start for 45 minutes.

“Maybe You will find the time to tell me what you want me to say.”

Sure enough.

Before Mass started, I was reminded of a spiritual gem:

The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life; is not to become a saint. –Leon Bloy

The story of Jonah and the Will:

Do the will of God.
Become a saint.