As today marks the solemn occasion in which the Catholic faithful of the world, as well as many in the World wide Christian community, join the vigil waiting on the governing body of the Catholic Church to decide and vote upon a new Pope, I am reminded once again of the Call to service that is issued to us all. I have learned first hand about this “call” foremost as I have read and studied the teachings of Agnes Gonxha Bojazhiu, better known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. As many of you know it is her story of a “call within a call” that lead her to feed and care for the poorest of the poor. Dedicating her life to service.
As many wait for word of who will be the new leader of the world’s Catholic Church, the call to serve is foremost on my mind. I have often struggled with my own call to service—often wondering if perhaps I have not heard God’s word to me correctly (more on this subject at a later post). It is the knowledge of Mother Teresa’s own struggle hearing God’s voice throughout most of her life, which constantly gives me a bit of comfort. If she struggled hearing, than my struggles in hearing are no different. We must move forward, often in the blind darkness, only with Faith as our compass.
As I read in my devotional Sunday, I found the daily reading most timely. One of the daily readings I am currently using is Henri J. M. Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey.
Father Nouwen was a Dutch born catholic priest and writer. He is best known as a theologian with a deep interest in human psychology. The daily reading for March 10:
So many terrible things happen every day that we start wondering whether the few things we do ourselves make any sense. When people are starving only a few thousand miles away, when wars are raging close to our borders, when countless people in our cities have no homes to live in, our own activities look futile. Such considerations, however, can paralyze and depress us.
Here the word “call” becomes important. We are not called to save the world, solve all problems, and help all people. But each of us has our own unique call, in our families, in our work, in our world, we have to keep asking God to help us see clearly what our call is and to give us the strength to live out that call with trust. Then we will discover that our faithfulness to a small task is the most healing response to the illnesses of our time.
May God guide the Catholic Church in this time of great discord and brokenness, just as He may do the same for all of us, His Children—Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish, Muslin, Hindu, etc. May we all recognize His CALL to the service to each of us and to carry out that service to those most in need—to either those near or far…