“Our baptism is that experience in our lives that aligns us with God.”
– Joe Paprocki, A Well-Built Faith
It’s in a call-out box in Chapter 7, and I can’t help but notice it again.
Is that what my baptism did for me?
It’s been 13 years, but I still remember that attitude I had walking into the Easter Vigil Mass. And I’ve been aware, in that time, of how conversion is so ongoing, how it is a neverending set of endings and beginnings.
“To live our baptism each and every day of our lives means to strive to align ourselves with God’s will in all that we do, striving to turn and move toward him.”
It’s all too easy to be out of alignment. In fact, I think that’s another way of saying “It’s time for confession.”
I remember the first time I drove a car that was out of alignment. It would be fine until we got over 50. It felt like I was going to shake right out of the driver’s side window. It was impossible to ignore, and yet we drove that car that way for at least a couple of weeks. After a while, you just about got used to it.
And that’s the danger: you can get used to being out of alignment. You can start to think the wonky driving experience is normal.
Consider this, lifted from this week’s post at CatholicMom.com: “My heart has become like wax, it melts away within me” (Psalm 22:15).
This resonates with me and somehow fits with the image of alignment. To remain aligned, you have to be melty. To fit, you have to give.
You have to be reformed and reshaped. I have to be reformed and reshaped.
Good thing there’s the rest of my life, because I’m very much a work-in-progress.