I was in Fort Collins, Colorado yesterday and took the opportunity to attend Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. I thought it would be good to get a sense of what is happening in the parish since I am speaking to the men of the parish this coming Friday night. It was a blessing to hear the pastor's homily and be reminded in a very direct manner that we have each been baptized and have a mission to fulfill. Are we living our lives in accordance with God's will for us?
After we returned home I was looking through some more of my mom's "stuff" that had been set aside after her death in October. I found a box of photos and started a trip down memory lane. With the evening's homily still fresh in my mind I began asking myself some pertinent questions about my life's mission and purpose. Am I fulfilling God's will in my life? As I looked at some of the old photos I felt a little like the person who had said, "God's will for me must be trial and error."
While some aspects of life may look like random components not really fitting in anywhere, I can look back and see how the hand of God guided me through each and every facet. I wish I could have seen that more clearly at the time I was going through it. Here is a glimpse into how I view the last 40 years in 10 year increments.
In 1994 I began my five year journey toward the diaconate. I was ordained in 1999 and began working full-time for the Church the following year after an additional year of schooling. Being a deacon has led to many roads that I never imagined. We jump now from 1993 to 2003 to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo, Colorado with Bishop Arthur Tafoya.
This Friday I get to share faith with men from Northern Colorado. The flyer handed out this weekend at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church takes some of the pressure off of me. I'll let you examine the flyer and see why.