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If I Am In Sorrow, My Sorrow May Serve Him

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,


Each of us has a Vocation, a calling from God; each of us was made by God for God’s purposes. Like the Prophets and Apostles before us, we are called to do great things for God. Will these great things be great in the eyes of the world? For most of us, no. Worldly fame and fortune are fickle, short-lived, and rare. Most of us will do great things in little-recognized or little-rewarded ways.


If we honestly and earnestly say, like Samuel, “Speak, [LORD], for your servant is listening,” then we place ourselves at His service. What could be greater than that? Even if we are called to take out the garbage, we are doing it for GOD ALMIGHTY! We are then God’s chosen garbageman! What we might see as a “little” or undignified vocation becomes the highest calling when that calling comes from the highest God. Psalm 40 reminds us: “Sacrifice or offering you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me.” Obedience to God is, quite literally, what we were made for.


St. John Henry Newman has a beautiful prayer that reminds us how every part of our lives can be offered as service to God. It is so good, that I include it here in its entirety:


“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. 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. Therefore, I will trust Him. Whatever I am, I cannot 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 serve Him. He does nothing in vain. 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 my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”


Peace in Christ,

Father Matthew Kuhn

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