I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

Wonder

Wonder

People travel to wonder
at the height of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the seas,
at the long course of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and yet they pass by themselves
without wondering.
— Saint Augustine

Brothers & Sisters,

I’d like to leave you with the above quote to ponder as you head through your day and into the weekend. How many of us can say that we’ve slowed down enough or carved out time in our day to take a moment and reflect on ourselves?

What should we reflect on though? Have we been just in our interactions with others? Have we shown compassion and humility? There are many more questions that we could ponder and depending on how much time you’ve set aside to do this little exercise you could find yourself pretty far down the rabbit hole. I believe that stopping to take a self-inventory of sorts is crucial to maintaining a proper balance of awareness in our lives. It always reminds us that our decisions should always be pointed towards the good. And while going over our actions for the day is essential there is so much else. What about that hum in our hearts that we have wanted to explore and see what it is? What about the questions we have about life, love, our vocations, etc.?

I believe that when I first started to discern this call, I first started with wondering what God was calling me to do with my life. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without that first spark or question. It felt very much the same way as when I walk outside on those Spring days where the air is brisk, the grass is wet, there’s not a cloud in the sky, and it seems like everything is just perfect. That feeling though was pointed inward at my heart and my soul, and I began to explore what this feeling was. Over a year later, I’m still exploring each and every day with a sense of wonder.

So my friends on this our first Friday of Lent I encourage you to take a moment and explore your hearts and your souls and see where it takes you. You might be surprised.

Yours,
Jeff

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