Last night I finished “North of Hope”, an excellent novel about a priest who struggles with his priestly vocation throughout his life. There’s a lot going on in the novel, but that’s that part that (not surprisingly) got most of my attention.
As I read it, I couldn’t help but relate to almost every part of it! I will refer to it later–probably plenty of times–, but for now I just want to focus on one of the images that pops up a few times.
It’s the image of a leaky spiritual life. Fr. Frank Healy, the main character, lives several years of his life after ordination feeling like he hasn’t moved one soul closer to God, his own included. He spends a great deal of time fighting to patch what he calls his spiritual leak–which effectively drains him of his faith, resolve, and vocation.
The timing was right, because today a friend–a faithful follower of this blog!–wrote this as her facebook status:
This priest was asking another priest why he kept asking the Holy Spirit to come into his heart each and every day. The other priest replied: “Because I have a leak!”
We all have leaks!
And prayer is the best way to keep them closed.