Our Unique Call

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 own cities have no homes to live in, our own activities look futile. Such considerations, however, can paralyse us 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 we each have 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. | Henri Nouwen


For reflection

What is your own unique call? What is your mission, what is your identity? Spend a few moments in silence with God, asking for this clarity. Recall briefly, over the past few hours or days, how you were faithful to this call. Where you struggled, embrace with compassion, your need for forgiveness and patience.

5 thoughts on “Our Unique Call

  1. What a positive and practical response, Geralyn.
    this is one way “of treasuring even smallness as gift”.
    The previous advice by James Martin SJ was a great way to begin Lent

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