Apr 22, 2008
I offer this column as an open letter to the young people of our diocese. It is an invitation to vocational discernment, to prayer.
What are your plans? What do you want to do with your life? What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, today, I would ask you to consider this question from a different perspective. Instead of asking, “What are my plans? What do I want to do?” ask instead, “What is God’s plan for my life? What does he want me to do with my life?”
What is God’s plan for my life? The answer is found in Jesus’ words to his disciples, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jn 13: 34). God calls each one of us to a future of love. To give your very self as a gift to God and to your brothers and sisters, as Jesus did when he died for us on the cross, is the way to true joy and happiness. This is not an easy way; but it is the way, God’s way.
Dare, then, to love as Christ loves. Loving in this way is like learning to speak a new language well or play a new sport.