The students were broken up into four groups by grade level. Each set of students brought their energy and insights into the presentations. It was good to see the high level of learning and formation that is taking place at St. Francis Catholic School. I give a tip of the hat to the school administrators, the teachers, and all of the support staff for the good work you are doing. Of course, all of this is made possible with the support of the parents, grandparents, parishioners, and the many volunteers actively engaged in the life of the parish and the school. I am grateful to each of you for helping build the Kingdom of God in such a powerful way.
Frederick Buechner refers to vocation as "the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." I have certainly found that to be true in my own life. When we are utilizing the gifts and talents that God has bestowed upon us, the amount of joy we exude in the process is truly life-changing for the world. We are a light in the darkness. Our culture and society definitely needs that type of faithful witness today. That was the piece of encouragement I offered to the students in my presentations. Let's bring out the best in one another and help each other become saints. If we are able to do that, our vocation in life will readily reveal itself to us with great clarity.
Reflection questions for today:
What brings you deep gladness?
How can you use that to meet a deep hunger of the world?