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Mission and Existence

Sometimes just doing what we are supposed to be doing is the surest way of fulfilling our mission. Getting up, feeding the kids, going to work, visiting a friend, writing an email, making time for prayer, cleaning the house…so many seemingly mundane things are the fabric of a mission that God considers precious. We cannot calculate the effects of our action or the importance of our choices. Only God sees all.

[Cardinal John Henry] Newman concludes his meditation by throwing himself into God’s hands, like Jesus on the cross, commending his spirit to God, “Therefore I will trust Him,” Newman writes.

Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—still He knows what He is about.

What a great consolation to think that God is bringing good—right now, right this minute—out of the rubble of my life. There is nothing that is useless about my existence. My sickness, my sadness, my ups and downs, my failures…everything is important to him. He is the one who makes all things new.


—from The Way of Serenity by Fr. Jonathan Morris, Ch 20: You’ve Got a Big Part in the Play



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