Our monthly reflections will guide you throughout all stages of discernment, whether you are seeking to learn more about what a vocation is, or wondering if God is calling you.
Do you acknowledge every person you come across on the train? Notice every commuter waiting in line with you for coffee? We encounter a vast amount of strangers each day, which makes it even more difficult to fathom how God can know and love each one of them. Yet, seemingly impossibly, He does – fully and totally.
God calls each person in a unique way. The fact that each individual experiences different calls to vocations reminds us of the boundless dignity and importance of the human person. It also leads us to reflect on the way God calls us in our own lives: we may ask, how do I know when God is calling me? Am I holding back from God’s desire for me? Am I really loved in God’s eyes?
Putting God’s plan above our own is far from easy if we lack trust. Our biases lead us to think we know ourselves better than God does, which is a judgment that always leaves us disappointed and unfulfilled at the end of the day. When we know we are loved by God, we trust Him to lead us in the right path, no matter what hardships arise. This trust allows us to live fully and totally.
Let us pray that our hearts may be open to God’s will for us, and to the joy and fulfillment Jesus has brought into our lives. As we reflect on our role as children of God, let us turn to the words of St. Catherine of Siena to provide clarity and guidance during our times of discernment:
“If you are what you should be, then you will set the world on fire.” -St. Catherine of Siena