Redemptorist Father Santo Arrigo spoke about discerning our role in God's plan at Faith Connections' Theology on Tap on October 20, 2008.
In Baptism, he tells us, we are called to live through action. Discerning the right work is an ongoing process that requires us to continuously listen with our hearts throughout our entire life. Sometimes, we may feel frustrated, but this hunger for meaning is necessary before we can feel satisfied. We can never stop trusting that there is a greater role for us.
We must welcome God into the decision making process of our work.
When we feel joy, peace, and gladness, we know that our work is part
of God's plan. We find our vocation where our deepest gladness meets
the world's deepest need.
Throughout our discernment process, we must remember that God loves
each of us constantly and infinitely, we live in community with one
another for one another, and that God participates in our free will.
With this in mind, we can replace the desolation and fear in our lives
with consolation and peace.
We can hear God's call in the simplest and quietest of places.
Sometimes we are called to show love in a conversation with our
friends, to keep the peace in a family, to feed a baby, or to take
care of an elderly person. Some of us may be called to other things,
such as feeding the world or bringing justice to the oppressed. While
everyone hears a different call, all are equally important parts of
One final insight shared by Fr. Santo:
There was once a little fish in an ocean who came across an older,
wiser fish. "Excuse me," said the little fish, "you are older than I,
so can you tell me where to find this thing they call the ocean?"
"The ocean," said the older fish, "is the thing you are in now."
"Oh this? But this is water. What I'm seeking is the ocean," said
the disappointed fish as he swam away to search elsewhere.
(By a Faith Connections volunteer)
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