Definite Service

October 31, 2011

“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 a 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 while not intending it if I do but keep his commandments. Therefore, I will trust him.

–Bl. John Henry Newman
The big question here is:  How do I discern what my work is?  How do I come to understand what God is asking of me and no one else?  The only answer I can come up with….prayer.  Through ongoing prayer and silence, I can hear God’s voice and deep desires he places on my heart that call me to specific action.  Once again, we are reminded of the call to live a life of both prayer and action. 
What do you feel your call to definite service is? 
 P.S.  Thanks to my friend, Kathy Powell, for sharing this quote with me! 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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