Monthly Archives: January 2013

Many called, few chosen.

This week is “National Vocation Awareness Week”, an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education. Now, I know (married with five children) that I am not called to be a nun! However, I also know I am called to serve – to fufill God’s individual purpose in my life (in my case, to be the author of modern-day Bible stories. And each day I try to have a little more faith to answer that call. I think we are all called – but some of just don’t hear, aren’t listening, get in our own way, etc.  Jesus says,  “Many are called but few are chosen” in Matthew 22:14. This statement is the conclusion to the Parable of the Wedding Feast. Jesus spoke this parable to show what the kingdom of heaven will be like when the end of the world comes. In the parable, the king sends his servants out to gather the wedding guests to the wedding feast. But some invited refused to come, some because they were too busy with their own worldly pursuits. So don’t think you’re not called – you just need to listen, then respond. And you too will be chosen.

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New Year’s Resolution

100_2074This year I am doing something I’ve never done before in the way of New Year’s Resolutions, having learned my lesson from years past. On Jan. 1, 2012, I made a New Year’s Resolution to “give up drama.” (!) Again, be careful what you wish for! 2012 was full of drama for me! But all of those challenges that I saw as drama, I can fortunately see now are opportunities for growth and blessings in the long run.  They included my two step-children and my 20-year-old son moving in to live with us – within days of each other! (and now we have 4, ages 14-20). They included our dog causing a flood (and $25,000 in damages, luckily most of which was covered by insurance) – which, although it took all summer, gave us a new kitchen and bathroom that made the house more “ours”. And our dog having emergency surgery on Christmas morning – which somehow bonded the kids to her even more (and I’ll admit, me too). They also included my first novel The Faithful One being re-published as Christian fiction and “birthing” my second novel, The Peace Maker (and yes, it was that painful – and rewarding!). I recently watched the movie “Evan Almighty” with Steve Carrell as a modern-day Noah in which God (Morgan Freeman) tells Noah’s wife, who questions the lunacy of building an ark, that when you wish for something, like a closer family, He doesn’t just, poof, give you what you ask for – but instead, gives you the opportunity to get it. So I think, in wishing for “no drama” I was, instead, given the opportunity to see the dramas in my life (that I realize now will occur whether I wish for them or not) as an opportunity for better dealing with them. And so, for 2013, I have decided not to make any New Year’s Resolutions…but just resolve to live life more fully, according to God’s Will, today. (Of course I do have dreams and goals and plans for the coming year – but I will remain focused on the next 24 hours!) BTW, had a blast with my husband and lots of friends New Year’s Eve! Happy New Year everyone!!

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