January 21, 2015 – From Sr. Carole Anne Griswold
God has created me to do some definite service. God has committed some work to me which has not been committed to another. I have my mission. (adapted) St. John Neumann
Have you ever paused and reflected on your mission in life? The mission God has committed to you and to no other? What is your mission?
For many of us, that mission is to “share Jesus’ mission of bringing more abundant life to God’s people especially to the poor by responding to the needs of the times” through, and with, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.
Our mission is not just a statement to be posted or placed somewhere as a nice reminder of what our life is. It is not just a blueprint for planning our future and then to be put away. It is a Way of Life! Our mission guides and directs every word, action, thought of our lives.
Through this month of January there have been many events, occasions, special days which call us to use the lens of our mission to more deeply integrate these celebrations or remembrances into our lives as we daily live our mission. For example, consider how our mission relates to Christian Unity Week, Martin Luther King (Jan. 15/19), Poverty Awareness Month (January), World Day for Migrants and Refugees (Jan. 18), Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children (Jan. 22), prayers for the sick and suffering, security of people and nations, relief for the hungry, etc., etc.
For these occasions and the many others in your life, take a moment and ask, How am I bringing more abundant life to God’s people especially to the poor by responding to the needs of the times?