Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart!”
1027 – This mystery of blessed communion with God… is beyond all understanding and description…: “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
2339 – … either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy…
2826 – By prayer we can discern “what is the will of God” and obtain the endurance to do it.
1501 – … [Illness] can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him.
“God is not solitude, but perfect communion. For this reason the human person, the image of God, realizes himself or herself in love, which is a sincere gift of self.
Pope Benedict XVI, ANGELUS, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Sunday, 22 May 2005”
“I encourage you to persevere on the path on which you have set out, collaborating in the thrilling task of bringing your peers the indescribable good fortune to know that they are loved by God.”
Pope Benedict XVI, August 9, 2007
“Nourished by personal prayer, prompted in silence, shaped by the Church’s liturgy you will discover the particular vocation God has for you. Embrace it with joy.”
Pope Benedict XVII, Address to Youth and Seminarians, Saturday, 19 April 2008
“[The Lord] needs, and wants to need, your persons, your intelligence, your energy, your faith, your love, your holiness. He wants to speak to the people of today through your voice. He wants to consecrate the Eucharist and forvige sins through you. He wants to love with your heart. He wnats to help with your hands. He wants to save through your efforts. Think about it carefully.”
Pope John Paul II on Vocations
Virtuous Verbiage Verification
contentment – feeling or being satisfied with your situation, being happy with what you have, not feeling any need or desire for more.
decision – an act of resolution, choosing what you want and taking the steps to get it.
dedication – being so convinced that something is important that you are willing to stick to it no matter what it takes.
determination – complete and unwavering focus on a goal, unwilling and unable to be distracted or kept from that goal.
devoted – committed to someone or to a cause, out of love and deep emotional attachment, to the point of being willing to sacrifice or suffer for that person or cause.
discipline – willingness to follow a rigorous set of rules or routines, and to delay or put off comfort for an extended period of time, in order to gain something you think has a greater value.
happiness (happy) – feeling elated or excited, pleased, and not burdened by worries or cares. Happiness describes the way you feel, unlike Joy which refers to a state of being.
inspired – being driven or called to do something from outside yourself. Seeing, hearing, or feeling some outside experience which motivates you to take some action; in this context, hearing the call of God and feeling drawn to Him by His own doing, not from your own knowledge or feelings.
joy* – the ability to remain undaunted and undisturbed no matter what; refusing to let circumstances or situations get you down or depressed. Joy is not simply an emotional reaction of feeling happy or amused, but rather a deep mental and spiritual state of being.
monk – a religious brother or priest who lives with a group of others in a monastery. They limit exposure to outside people and things, so that everything around them is directed towards God. They lead a life of strict order and structure, focusing on hard work, time for silence, and lots of prayer.
patience* – the ability to endure difficulties and struggles without getting upset or angry; the ability to wait for something good.
peace* – being comfortable with things that are out of your control without feeling the need to change them. Peace is not the absence of war or conflict, neither does it mean everything is going smoothly. One can be in the presence of conflict or meet obstacles but still be at peace knowing they are doing God’s will.
self-control* – the ability to restrain yourself from acting on impulses or instinct; the ability to think and judge what is right or wrong before reacting. This comes from the belief that there is something that might be more important than getting your own way.
selfish – thinking of your self and your own wants and desires as being more important than others; looking after your own interests without regard for your effect on others.
trust – confidence in someone or something else that allows you to be comfortable with not being in control. When you trust God, you believe that He has your best interest in mind and so you are willing to submit to His will and not try and control everything in your own life.
vocation – a call from God to a particular kind of work or way of life. It is usually discovered through a natural desire or ability. This word is often used specifically about priesthood or religious life. More than an outward demand from God, it is something a person wants to do and feels drawn to in their heart.
* Joy, patience, peace, & self-control are called “Fruits of the Holy Spirit” (see Galations 5:23).
How important is it for someone to seek out and find their vocation? Is it possible for someone to choose a “wrong” vocation? Can someone still be at peace even if they have feelings that they should have pursued a different vocation? Are humans really designed by God for a single vocation for their whole lifetime?
If someone, like Grant Desme, is really, exceptionally good at something (like baseball), is it a waste for them to pursue a vocation that doesn’t use that skill? Why would God give someone a talent He doesn’t intend for them to continue using? Does God waste talents?
Grant calls his injuries his greatest blessings… Does that sound crazy? Do you think God purposefully does harm to people, like causing injury, just to get them to listen to Him? Or does God use those unfortunate things as opportunities to reach us?
Do you think most adults you know are at peace and content with their lives? What kind of changes can someone make to find more peace and joy in their life? What kinds of choices can you make now as a teenager to help ensure you will have peace and joy in your future vocation?
God randomly calls people to a vocation of His choosing because it’s just what He wants. Verses: A person’s vocation is something that is present in their personality from the moment God created them.
Grant was finally able to hear God calling, and able to hear what he really wanted in his heart, when he turned off all of the noise in his life and listened in the silence of the monastery. In your classroom or a public setting, try to sit in silence for 10 minutes. Next, when you are at home, go to a quiet place like your room. Turn off the ipod, cell phone, computer; turn off everything. Sit in silence for ten minutes. Was it easier to do it in public or alone? How did it feel? Can you spend 10 minutes in silence every day for a week? Longer?
Write a few paragraphs about your goals in life. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? Now write about how you can involve God in the decisions to get you there. Finish by writing a very short prayer asking God to help you discover what you truly feel called to in your heart, and to help you discover His will. You can even pray that what God wants and what you want will be the same thing!