WHAT IS YOUR CALLING?
I wish each of you a very happy New Year. I will also pray that we all will have an enriching and fruitful year ahead.
At this time of year, all we ever read or hear about is to be challenged to a form of renewal in our personal lives. Many of us will succeed and just as many will fail, falling back into the comfort of our past.
I am a firm believer that success in anything we commit to also requires that we take a risk. I so often have put out in my messages that risk requires us to step outside of our comfort zone. I also believe this is the call we are given as Knights. It reassures the success of our programs. The most important thing to understand is that as children of God we will often falter. Our Priests and Bishops will tell us that God loves us unconditionally. We are called to live in his Grace and always challenge ourselves to open our hearts, allowing Jesus to live in us.
I could take this time and give the same message again of setting new goals in our lives, and so we should! However, maybe the real goal would be to listen more closely to God’s call. Hear the music, the liturgy, the Gospel and yes the Homilies. Open our eyes, ears and heart, receive our call in whatever form it is brought into our lives. Look for God’s Grace in the good times and yes even in the bad.
Do you hear God’s call? Are you ready to receive it? If not, what steps can you take this year to prepare yourself better? Through these questions, I reassure you that as a Catholic, a Knight and most importantly as one of God’s children, the principles of our Order will be alive and well. Let us not forget our duty as Knights, set out those many years ago by the Venerable Father Michael McGivney.