A journey to newness.
When nothing seems to be the same.
The fear seems so lame.
Openness, awe and a simple “yes”
Let me embrace
Makes it all so enriching
In this new place (Creighton Prep).
God has a plan …
Mother Mary’s “yes” has been for me the most inspiring and stirring word. It has initiated my journey and continues to enrich my vocation as a Jesuit. From a very tender age, I have heard of St. Francis Xavier whose relics lie in Goa, the Jesuit province to which I belong, the picturesque place I come from. One of the most touching aspects of Xavier’s life was this word, his swift and big-hearted “yes” to come to India.
It is a challenging word. But it is the most effective word when used to respond to God. All we have to say is a simple “yes.” It is the Lord who then transforms our response in the most magnanimous enterprise we could ever imagine.
A simple girl from Nazareth is now the queen of the universe.
A Xavier from Navarre is now the patron of missionaries all over the world.
All because of that profound word, “yes.”
One of the most common prayers, much more today, has been a prayer for vocations. There seems a certain fear towards commitments. This has led to a lack of vocations to religious/secular and married life. The fear of saying “yes” is so evident. Why?
Could it be a disintegration of personal faith? Could it be a dearth of edifying clergy/spouses? Is it an overpowering of secular self-sufficiency? Or a shallow satisfaction of immediate solutions? Being part of the Ignatian family, we ought to examine ourselves personally and as a community.
As I reflect on my life, I see that the underlying principle to say “yes” is to know that GOD HAS A PLAN. When we know that the hand of God always accompanies us, we get the courage needed to say “yes” to His plans.
Our response then is the Suscipe,
“Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and Thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.”
Fr. Amit D’Souza, SJ