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World Youth Day – Follow The Call

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Taken from the opening Mass at the Düsseldorf Stadium:

from Cardinal Karl Lehmann…..
[…] “Nevertheless, he said, there is a more important reason to convince people to make a journey: the ‘call of God’. We can recognise this, the Cardinal said, by the fact that ‘he pulls us out of the masses, where we would be able to stay hidden.’ In other words, God frequently calls us to follow an uncomfortable path. Anyone who follows it, he said, should not ‘simply be pursuing his or her own private edification or individual spiritual longings’.[…]

WOW, now those are some powerful words. Would you agree? How many of us would rather stay right where we are, doing our own little thing? This especially reminds me of the young men out there who may be called into the priesthood. I have no idea how that process would go. But I do pray for the men who may be thinking of the ecclesiastical vocation.

But what about the rest of us; the everyday, average Joe or Jane? I must admit I am not a “get out and get-r-done” person. No, I’d much rather stay right here in the comforts of my home, being a mom and raising decent children, running a household, having the privilege of talking and socializing with my friends, perhaps going back to school myself, even running a business, going to Mass on Sundays, ad infinitum. But I know in my heart that life is much, much more then what I have just listed.

It’s also about stepping out of my comfort zone. Whether it be helping someone in need, volunteering for a charitable cause, writing letters to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, stepping out and saying “NO” to abortion and to help that cause, lifting up the youth in our community, ad infinitum to that list as well. I know ya’ll can add to that list. So, how about it? What else can you do for your fellow man, your community, your church?

I know a friend here in my community whose wife is sick with cancer and she doesn’t have a very good chance to live within the next two weeks. My name has been added to a list of people to prepare food for him and his family. I will gladly do it for it has been done for me. I would like to think I would gladly do it for this friend whether or not it had been done for me too. I saw this friend this morning and asked if there was anything else I could do besides fix a meal. I told him to call me if there was something more I could do. I have to be honest, I am a little scared to step out of my comfort zone, very selfish on my part I know. I pray that I will be able to say “yes” or “okay” when, or if, the phone call arrives. I did ask this friend if his wife would like visitors and he said, “no, not at this time”. I am still thinking of other ways I can help.

It has been my experience that when I am able to step out of my comfort zone I always feel better for it in the end. My eight-year-old son has been wanting to stay home from school to be with me. He says he gets all nervous and his stomach gets upset. He doesn’t put up that much of a fight to stay home though. I told him this morning that he must face this fear and walk through it in spite of his fear, I told him that was called courage and that he had already demonstrated a lot of courage lately and that I was very proud of him. This morning he went to school without crying and I went on about my business without crying as well.

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?

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