When I was in the ninth standard at school a missionary from Africa came to our school. I was studying in Don Bosco High School Panjim. He was a loving as well as a demanding priest. He would tell us a lot of stories about Africa. In the school among the day scholars he started a group called the’ Friends of Dominic Savio’. Initially we went for a lot of camps and had a lot of fun but slowly we were asked if we wanted to join the Salesion congregation. It was during this time that I discovered my vocation. Today I am a Salesian preparing for the mission God has called me to.
All of us are called to e missionaries in our own way. We have only to answer this call of God by saying a committed yes. It can also happen that we may say yes and shirk our responsibility but the real test comes when the hurdles arise in our way. These hurdles can be overcome only with God’s help. The prayer element is so important in our Christian life. In today’s world which is encompassed with swift moving technology people have lost the love to pray or the need to pray. We love to sit and chat with our friends but when it comes to prayer we don’t find the time. Jesus himself went to secluded places in order to pray to be in communion with his Father. By doing this he set us an example so that we may do likewise.
In this world which is moving away from God at the speed of light we the followers of Christ have an important mission and that is to be signs and bearers of God’s love. This mission will be accomplished only if we are in communion with God. There will be many difficulties and challenges in our path but if God is with us then there is no one in this world who can be against us.
Ask yourself a few questions
Am I just drifting through life without knowing where I’m heading?
Am I truly happy with my present state of affairs?
What are the deeper questions of life calling me to?