The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Am I being called?

You're anxious to read this article after seeing the headline as you probably believe this could be a sign from God. We are all called to service to God as missionaries, but in many different capacities. There are those who are called to be Priests, Deacons, Nuns, home caregivers, Catechists, volunteers in shelters, nurses, doctors and the list goes on and on. No matter what the title we have we have been called to service for the Glory of God.

God is calling each of us to serve. Have you considered how you can help build up God's Church?

Wouldn't it be so much easier if the writing was on the wall for your life's script. That would just be too easy. God speaks to us through many means, but appears difficult at times to hear what He says. Most of the time we hear, but do the complete opposite because of our selfish ways. We believe we know what is best for our lives. We are required to step out in faith and be of service to God. In today's reading taken from Judges 6:11-24, Gideon, son of Joash, having to battle the Midianites, requested a sign from the angel of the LORD, to be certain that he was being called to a victorious battle just as the Israelites were victorious in their freedom from Egypt. The request for a sign was granted to Gideon making it easy for him to recognize his calling. Praying for a sign is a normal occurence, however at some point we must be able to prayerfully discern God's message.

Noah, Moses and David, three of the many men from the Bible who answered God's call took that leap of faith to serve. Their tasks, though we may think of them as huge, were being steered by God with no grounds for failure. Have no fear of how you are going to accomplish the task presented to you, just know that through faith in God he will see you through. Your mission may not be as grand as having to build an ark, or to deliver thousands of people from the clutches of a King. You probably won't even be asked to slay a giant with the name Goliath, but knowing that your works however small they may be will be done for building up God's kingdom. As the U.S marines slogan states; "we're looking for a few good men". Are you "that good man" being called to serve?

The Devil can be so cunning in making us believe that we are not worthy to serve God due to our sinful nature. God did not come for the righteous, but rather for the sinners. Let's remember that even Jesus selected his disciples from a variety of backgrounds. Some were fishermen, another a tax collect and political activists.  You don't need to have a doctorate degree to be a follower of Jesus. The desire and zeal to love and serve God by proclaiming his word to others thereby bringing them closer to him is your mission, should you accept.

The call to Christian ministry requires prayerful discernment, listening carefully to the signs that are presented to us through other Christians. Do not be discouraged if you do not get the support from family and friends who you would expect to support you in your response to God's call. Allow Jesus to use the many gifts and talents that he has given you to work for the good of his kingdom.

Always try to encourage someone to pursue the call to serve Christ in a ministerial post when there is a sign that he/she has qualities you deem worthy to make a positive difference in other people's lives. There are many young men who only require that nudge or a whisper to steer them towards the service of others. I am a firm believer in planting the seed of discernment, by pointing out special qualities in someone who will find it easier to accept the call.

So what do I do if I feel that I am being called to serve God within His Church? Having a good priest or religious person to open up too can help answer many of the questions you have regarding the thoughts of following Jesus. It can be very confusing at first until you realize and made aware of what you're being prepared for. Be prepared to seek assistance from a spiritual director to guide you along the way. Discernment can come instantly while it can go on for a longer period for others.

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