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

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

When God Calls

There are indeed times in life when we know that God is calling us to some task or some decision. I remember a good friend of mine telling me that she just knew that she was called to the religious life at least for a certain portion of her life. From my own personal experience, these are signs that God is calling:

1. You make a surprisingly firm and bold decision after a long period of vacillation, wavering, worry, and fear;

2. You make that decision in spite of the long anticipated difficulties which have not disappeared or changed at all;

3. It seems as if the decision has really been taken out of your hands and that you are almost a witness to the decision as opposed to being the initiator of the decision;

4. There is a quiet peace and calmness that descends in the wake of the decision.

I think this experience is what St. Paul hinted at when he said that he could "do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). There is a new boldness and authoritativeness that calmly strides forward. Nothing can stop it. What signs of God's call have you experienced? The comment box is open, as always.