Welcome to our senior meditations page! Here, you can find a series of weekly meditations meant to guide you in your discernment of serving as a Missionary with Saint Paul's Outreach. Each week, a new meditation will be posted with reflective and challenging questions along with a short prayer.
For All the Saints
Ultimately, God desires each one of us to dwell in Heaven with Him. We are called to live our lives so as to come one day into the very presence of God Himself and dwell with Him forever. On that day there will be no mourning or weeping - everlasting Joy will be ours!
The first question in the old Baltimore Catechism is: “Why did God make us?”
Answer: “ God made us to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next”
Wherever we go in our lives. Whatever we choose to do. As we discern God’s will for us, we should be confident in His greatest desire for us: that we know his love and experience His provision and care for us.
This is the final meditation in this series. Sisters and Brothers in Christ, as you discern and make choices regarding the next steps in your lives know that my prayer for you is that of St. Paul in Ephesians 3:14
“For this reason I kneel before the Father… that He may grant you in accord with the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to know with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with the fullness of God.”
We are Not Meant to be Alone
God has made us for relationships. God does not call us to be “Lone Rangers” handling all of life’s challenges on our own. We need others so that we might be strengthened in our own life and also bring strength and grace to others.
As Scripture says:
“A brother helped is like a strong city...Woe to the one who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up...Though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him...A threefold cord is not easily broken.”
Being with others gives us companionship and enthusiasm for life and work because the Lord did not create us to be alone. We need one another.
Reflection: As you discern your future, consider how/where you will get support for your faith and your life.
As I look at options for the next step in my life am I considering what avenues there are to support my Faith (local young adult groups, strong parishes, good work environments…)?
How can I maintain contact and accountability with those who have been a strength to me over my college years?
If God is calling us and we are following His will for our lives - He will provide for us in all things. God is trustworthy.
You Can Make a Difference
“Let no one disregard you because of your youth but be a continuing example of love, faith, and purity…” (1 Tim.4:12).
As you look ahead to the next step in your life do not underestimate ALL that you have gained in these years at school. You have grown in relationships, community, formation in character, integrity, discipline, self-knowledge, sense of your true identity as a beloved son/daughter of God. These areas of growth prepare you even better as you go forth from school to make a difference wherever God calls you.
Consideration: You too have more that you bring to the “game” than just your studies -
Beyond your studies, think about what you have received in other areas of your life. Here are some questions you can reflect on:
How have I benefited from my faith life and relationship with SPO during my time in college?
How can these areas assist me as I look ahead to the next step in my life?
What gifts do I have based upon:
Who I am - as a beloved Daughter/ Son of God?
What I can do – Knowledge, Learning, Skills, trade, profession?
Who I know – relationships, community, support?
“The Harvest is Abundant”
“The Harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Mt.9:37). Look around you on your campus, at work, in your families. How many of your classmates, friends, relatives are unaware of the Love and Freedom that God has for them? How many are drifting away from their faith? Who will reach out to them?
As Disciples of Christ, Jesus calls each of us to be His laborers in whatever field (vocation, profession) He leads us into.
Reflection: Wherever God calls me, I am His disciple and He desires to use me there to bring others to know His life-saving love and mercy.
Prayer: Lord, how can I respond better to the great need that is out there
“Lord, I am here! What do you want me to do?”
Ask the Lord for the desire to be able to say this prayer
Universal Call to Holiness
This is a time for you to be planning for the next chapter in your life as you look forward to graduation. As you consider your options and pray about where to invest in this next step of your life, always keep in mind how any choice you make will help you to live more fully the universal call to holiness. A friend of mine served as a Swiss Guard, under Pope John Paul II. He is the author of a book “The Pope and the CEO,” which speaks of lessons he learned from St. John Paul II. One of the points he discusses is the Universal Vocation to Holiness:
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where and when you live, you have the same Universal Vocation as every other human being on the planet: To know, love, and serve God in this life so that you can know, love, and serve Him eternally in the next life. Your objective is to receive grace now so that you can receive glory later...to cooperate with God in His work to save your soul... God made each of us to do something unique, something that nobody else before or after us was made to do and that nobody else can do quite as well. He made us that way both for our own personal benefit and to build up the body of Christ in the world.”
As I look ahead at my options, am I aware of and looking for ways my choices will position me to live out my faith more fully?
What are ways in which my Call to Holiness can be expressed/strengthened in the various options before me (as a teacher, businessman/woman, engineer, nurse, missionary, pilot, etc.)?
How can I connect with some fervent Christians who work in the areas I am considering? Is there a way that I can talk to them about how they live out their faith in their daily lives?
Return to the Lord
As you consider what God wants for your life - do not start by thinking through all of the options before you, but, begin with considering all that God has done for you. Think about How much God loves you. He has a plan for your life. He has made you for Greatness and calls you to a life of Freedom and Excellence.
As you begin to grasp more fully the magnitude of these Truths, take time to express your gratitude for the love and blessings He has poured out upon you. (see Psalm 103)
Then, out of a heart filled with gratitude, make an offering of your life to the Lord and ask with the Psalmist: “How can I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me?” (Psalm 116:12)
Prayer: Take time this week to:
Make a “Gratitude” list of all that you have to be grateful for?
Pray and reflect on Psalms 103 and 116
Freedom for Excellence
We all desire to be free; but, what do we mean by “freedom”? In God alone do we find true freedom. As we submit our lives more fully to God and are formed in His ways our life expands and opens up to the freedom that God has for us. This freedom can be called Freedom for Excellence.
What is my definition of freedom? How do I pursue it?
Do the choices I make lead to greater freedom and growth in my relationship with God?
Prayer: Lord, I give my life to You so as to live in the freedom that You desire for me.
You are Made for Greatness
“We were not created to lead drab, narrow or constricted lives, but to live in the wide-open spaces..” -Jacques Philippe
Within each one of us is a desire for more. If we really think about it, the problem is not that we expect too much but rather, that we ask too little from our Heavenly Father. One of the greatest things you can give God is your expectation.
Ad Maiora Natus Sum (I am born for Greater things). “We are not simply human beings. We are created by God in his image and likeness. All of us are born to be great. All of us are born to be God-like. Let us not settle for something less. Let us be what God has meant us to be, that is, men and women born to be great.” - Blessed Augustus Czartoryski
What is your level of expectation in your relationship with God?
Are you letting God love you?
Prayer: Lord, I want all that you have for me. Show me who I was created to be.
We spend a lot of time planning for our future, setting things in place for the ‘good life’. In the midst of this have we honestly taken time to ask ourselves and God what His plans and desires for us are? Do we seek the ‘good life’ or the ‘God life’? Which is more exciting and fulfilling?
What are my plans for my life?
Have I honestly brought them before God and sought His will, His plan for my life?
Take some time this week to pray: “Here is my life Lord, where do You want me to go? Holy Spirit, guide me."