Discovering God’s Will

            As people of faith, we believe that God has a loving plan for the world and that every person has a part to play in that plan.  Trying to figure out just what our particular role in God’s Providence is, however, can sometimes be difficult.  But it is something that we all need to do if we are to be the best persons and the best Christians that we can be.  

            To help in this process of the discovery of God’s will for each one of us, I would like to offer some of my reflections on just what is the process of discernment and how we can best work through it.  What I can offer are only my humble thoughts on a very rich and complex topic, but I hope that these thoughts help you in whatever way you can use them to explore your own relationship with God and how you are to live out that relationship.  I welcome your comments and questions regarding these reflections.  Please e-mail me at salccapuchin@hotmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

            Peace and all good.

            Fr. Sal Cordaro, O.F.M., Cap.

What is Vocation All About?

 
"The Works of Mercy" by Ade Bethune

 

“God provides for the world through us.  Just as God once entered history in Jesus, God continues to enter into the world through our goodness, our compassion, our service, our thoughtfulness.  God ministers to the needs of the world through our gifts.” - Paul Wadell

            If we are to be true followers of Jesus Christ, we have to choose whether we will live our lives in accord with God’s purposes or whether we will stand in the way of the unfolding of the Kingdom of God, which is simply the way that God wants the world to be.  And we can’t wait to make that decision- we have to make that choice and we have to act right here, right now.


           To be honest, all this sounds a lot more momentous and a lot more dramatic than it actually is.  It’s not like we have to make a grand statement of our decision for or against God and then be done with it.  And it’s not like we have to set out to do great things and to carry out great projects in order to show our desire to do God’s work here on earth.  What we have to do is to look at ourselves and then look at the world around us and then figure out how we can help to heal the broken and hurting world that we see.  


          Because if God wants to heal the world (which we believe He does) and if God wants to make the world a place of peace and harmony and justice and joy (which we believe He does), then we have to take on our part in making that a reality.  God respects us too much to do anything without our cooperation and without our involvement.  And so once we make that decision for or against God, we need to figure out just how we will put that decision into action.


         That is where the idea of vocation comes in.  God calls each one of us to a particular vocation, which is nothing more and nothing less than the particular role in God’s loving plan for the world that only we can fill. God loves us too much to do anything in our world without our cooperation and our involvement, so the primary reason that God calls each of us to a particular vocation is that He needs us.  In other words, God ministers to and cares for the world through the gifts that we have been given for that very purpose. 

   
         Years ago, the idea of vocation- that is, the role God has chosen you to fill in His loving plan for the world- was primarily about the call to religious life and the priesthood; as if the single life and marriage were not really valid ways of life at all, only second-best realities for those who were not called to be a sister, or a brother, or a priest.  

 

Images from the Baltimore Catechism

 


           But thankfully we have gotten past that way of thinking.  Now we realize that every person’s vocation is unique to them and that whether you are married, or single, or a religious, or a priest, as long as you are searching for what makes you happy and for what can make the world you live in a better place, you are glorifying God and changing things for the better.  


          When we look around us and see what needs to be done in all the situations we are involved in, and then we begin to do whatever we can to take care of those needs, then we are answering God’s call for us. Then we are becoming creators along with God, participating in God’s constant re-creation of the world into what it was always meant to be.  We then open ourselves to God’s purposes and becoming an instrument of those purposes.  We are becoming the love and compassion that God has for the world and that makes all the difference.

 

Please click here to read the essay How Can I Know God's Will for Me? http://publishing.capuchin.org/Page Content Documents/How Can I Know God's Will for Me PDF.pdf

 

 

 

 

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