This morning in our class after Mass, the topic of the video was the call of Jonah, and the call that God sends to each of us. The question arose as to how we can discern what God is calling us to do. Jonah, of course, didn't have this problem. He knew what God was asking him to do. He just didn't want to do it. But God doesn't always speak quite so clearly, or so it seems. And so we have to get very still and very quiet and listen, and we have to listen frequently, sometimes for good long periods of time, because the main call on each of our lives is to move deeper and deeper into the heart of Jesus. This is the only place where we can learn to grown in charity, and in the same way as we slowly learn to see our spouses more clearly as we live together and and grow in love for one another, we will begin to see more clearly what Our Lord is asking of us.
How then do we move deeper into the heart of Jesus? By moving deeper in the heart of the Church, His Spouse. She is Mater et Magistra, Mother and Teacher. She feeds us and leads us to the truth. Not only does She give us the Mass and the Sacraments, which in themselves would be enough, she provides us with 2000 years worth of the Goodness, Truth, and Beauty that follow in the the wake of her children.
I was wondering whether or not I should write this, and had all but decided not to, when I found this quote by Bishop Donald Hying in my newsfeed: "How different our vision is when we pray consistently, participate in the Eucharist, and study the Scriptures. We start seeing God’s order and patterns everywhere." And in doing so we can see our place in His order and patterns.