Editor's Corner: The gentle art of making a difference
Do I make a difference?
Why am I here? Do I make a difference? And what difference does my little mite make, anyway, in a world that needs so much? Hardly aware of them, we ask questions like these in the deepest places of our mind.
Whether aware of it or not, we share in God's creative power; our lives count for more than we think.
"God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work for me to do that he has not committed to another. I have my mission - I may never be told it in this life but I shall be told it in the next.
"Somehow I am as necessary for his purposes as an Archangel in his - if indeed, I fail, he can raise up another, as he could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling."
John Henry Cardinal Newman, Meditations and Devotions
In a recent book, Annie Dillard puts it simply in the words of a Georgia preacher: "God ain't no white-bearded man up in the sky somewhere. He's a spirit. He ain't got no body. The only body he's got is us."
One way we learn to discover our roles is to look at other people discovering theirs. By simple, providential steps, Mary Elizabeth Prout founded the Sisters of the Cross and Passion. And dedicated men like Louis Freeh and Eliot Casey, M.D. remind us that a sense of vocation is still strong in our society.
Stories like these help us look to the work that is committed to each of us.
Fr Victor Hoagland, C.P.
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