By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Receptive to the Calling

In pages 73-82, Fr. Jacques Philippe in the book Called to Life explores the attitudes that make us receptive to the calling from God. I cannot touch on all of them. But I single out two that make a big difference to me and, maybe, might make a difference to you.

1. "Walking in faith also means consenting to a kind of obscurity, learning to live with questions we cannot answer. . . . Sometimes our condition for turning the page is that everything be made clear to us--and that can't happen. Then the only way to move ahead is by abandoning ourselves to God and his wisdom in showing us what he wishes to show when he wishes to show it. This letting-go is hard, but healthy" (pp. 76-77; original emphasis).

No great enterprise has ever begun with knowing beforehand all the ups and downs, twists and turns, of the adventure. Each of our lives is called to be such a great enterprise that also has to begin with large patches of uncertainty and ignorance of future events and turns. As Josemaria Escriva once said, we cannot let "prudence" become a synonym for cowardice.

2. "[L]iving in the present moment" allows us to follow God's calls because if "we are locked into our plans, we are in danger of missing God's calls" (78). The author quotes a nun who said that: "I am always ready to do, in the next five minutes, just the opposite of what I had planned" (78). Seize the moment. Carpe diem.

Yes, I have included two short points; but they are enough if taken seriously for they enlarge our freedom, our boundaries, our territory, our lives.