What is your purpose?
I’m sure we’ve wrestled with that question at many points in our life.
What do I want to be when I grow up?
What do I do after I graduate high school/college?
Is this career really for me?
Or most importantly:
What is God calling me to do?
These questions can sometimes generate confusion and anxiety.
What if I make the wrong choice?!
It is in those times that I like to reflect on the wonderful discernment prayer written by Thomas Merton. To me, probably the best prayer on discernment ever written:
“O Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and that fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything Apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, For You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
Discover Our Purpose in Following Him
This Sunday, we get to celebrate the most beautiful and awe-inspiring aspect of our faith: The feast of Corpus Christi.
In many cities throughout the world, the Eucharist is processed through the streets. Many onlookers look with curiosity at the event unfolding before them. We marvel at the presence of our Lord, who is inviting us to come to Him, to seek Him, to at least be open to His presence.
Let us not be afraid to find our purpose in seeking Him, in seeking His path for our life. We can do that each time we stand in front of the Holy Eucharist, in Adoration, being connected in close proximity to our Lord, we simply can say
“Here I am Lord, I want to do your will,”
and then we go about our day, trusting in His plan.
Daniel Quintero is a newlywed husband, writer, and avid karaoke singer. He currently attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he volunteers in the lector ministry and with faith formation. His favorite motto: “Awkwardness does not exist.”