A priest once told me much the same thing when I said I wanted to stop writing and be more “invisible” for a while. He said I was given a gift to be used, not hidden away. And on the same day, when I tried to hide ‘way back in church instead of sitting right up front as I had before, one of the ushers searched me out to carry the “gifts” to the altar that day. Which meant being ridiculously visible to the entire congregation right in the middle of Mass. I figured Spirit was trying to second that “emotion” by making me walk up the middle aisle like that. So I looked up at the cross behind the altar and gave Him a little smile and a silent, “REALLY?”

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