Ask yourself this question: “In your spiritual life are you driving or drifting down the ever-moving stream of life?” Are you content to be a ‘minimalist’ and do the bare minimum of what is required to be a solid, practicing Catholic Christian, going to Mass weekly, making your Easter duty, putting some money in the collection and occasionally saying a prayer or two outside of the weekly liturgy? The difference between being a driver or a drifter in your spiritual life is intentionality. Drifters don’t have a defined purpose in what they’re doing, where they’re going or how they’re getting there. In fact, true be known, they really don’t spend any time thinking about any of that and are fine with wherever they end up. They might even say that makes them adaptable. Drivers have a plan, they’ve mapped out where they want to do, how they want to get there and are always ready to make a change if their plan becomes unworkable. They don’t’ leave anything to chance when it comes to the salvation of their soul. Jesus tells us in the Gospels that unless we go “all in” with Him we are not saved. “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48) is a tall order to fill. He didn’t tell us if we want to follow Him to “do what you can to follow my example’ rather He was very clear: ‘If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) There’s nothing minimal about that! If we are to spend the precious spiritual capital that is deposited in our Bank of Time to leverage its value to gain our salvation we must be intentional about how we invest that time that only comes to us once each day! None of the Apostles were ‘drifters’. None of the saints canonized by the Church were ‘drifters’. This week reflect on how much of your spiritual life is lived drifting and how much is lived driving. Measure the intentionality in your life and pray for the grace to eliminate the ‘drifting’ that wastes the irretrievable capital from your Time Bank which could be invested in growing your spiritual fortune. To do this isn’t easy but it is simple…begin with your family. Be intentional in all your interactions with them, one-on-one, give each of them all of you every time you speak, listen and love them. Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: “Love begins at home and it’s not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do.” Start the week by being 100% intentional in your efforts to love your family and then spread that out to everyone you encounter. Don’t be a drifter; take charge of your spiritual life and be a Driver! Please pray for our priests and deacons and we will continue to do so for you. God bless you.
Pastor’s Points is a bi-weekly feature about faith, family, and life, from our pastor, Father James Flynn. It is published in our parish bulletins, as well.