Catholic devotional, DAILY DEVOTIONS: Nov 30 'Month's Mind'

'Month's Mind'
St. Andrew
Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.
- Matthew 4:19
Praying contemplatively one morning, I found myself with Peter and Andrew by the Sea of Galilee. We were fishing when Jesus came by and invited us to follow him. My first thought was, "But I'm not a fisherman," and then, almost immediately, I saw myself with nets in hand trying to follow, only to have my nets snag. Looking more closely, I saw they were getting caught on activities and projects that kept me from doing what he had asked.

It was a wake-up call, one that led to my deciding to make a monthlong "at-home" retreat. I didn't go out or have friends in. The phone rang unanswered. I read and reflected, journaled and did daily chores.

By the end of the 30 days, my spirit was back in balance, and I realized my presence wasn't as essential to the rest of my little world as I had thought!
To follow you more nearly, that is my prayer, dear Jesus.
- Judy Schueneman


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