Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Friday, January 16, 2015

1Samuel 3:1-4. Here I am


During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli,
a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision infrequent.
One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.
His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.
The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,
and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”

In the reading today, the Lord is calling Samuel. Samuel was lucky. He got to have his Father in Heaven wake him up in the middle of the night to tell him what he wanted him to do. Some of us aren’t that lucky.

Sometimes I wish that from birth, each of us were stamped with a sign of our future profession. Then we wouldn’t have to make any choices, or wonder somewhere down the line that the choice we made was right.

As a high school senior, everyone asks you where you want to go to college, and as such, I can rattle off the list of the eight colleges I have applied to in about three seconds flat. But I don’t know yet. And I’m hoping and praying that the one I decide to go to will be the right one, the one where I will be able to fulfill every dream I have.

Then after college, I plan on attending medical school with the intent of being a surgeon, which will require extra years of residency and fellowship after. But what if that isn’t the right choice? I have found over the past two and a half years that I really enjoy teaching, but I have heard plenty of stories of teachers who got “stuck” teaching because they didn’t follow their dreams into medical school. Was that the right choice—for them to teach? Or were they meant for the medical profession? Oh, how I wish we were born with a stamp.

Sometimes, I think that if only the Lord just started talking to me in the middle of the night, just as he did with Samuel, then I would be happy; I would know exactly what I needed to do to be happy and fulfill his plan for my life. But then, I get scared. That’s super scary for the voice of God to speak to you in the middle of the night! And so I pray for a sign. But there have been many signs (quite literally, actually, because every bumper sticker turns into a “sign” when you’re looking for one) and how am I to know if a sign I see is the “right” one.

We can’t know that the path we choose is the right one, but whatever one chooses, be it the medical profession, teaching, pastoral ministry, or petroleum engineering, there is joy to be found and one must look for it. That is the will of God—for each one of us to be happy while following each of his laws to a T. And I know that whatever I choose, I will find joy in it (although I’m still almost hoping for that voice in the night to clear things up).  


  1. Athough I would never trade being Catholic, and know Jesus is central to my existence, your comments about the founders of other religions is hard to swallow, especially when I have met admirable protestants, jews, and muslims. I have experienced God touching me through those people as well, despite their fallible founders.

    1. Nice post, Sophie. Heeding God's call is scary indeed. I like to think I responded to the vocation of teaching, not simply settled for it. Usually, those who settle never really last. As for considering medicine, I would only ask you, and my many students who all want to be doctors, if you would still do it if doctors were paid like teachers. If the answer is no, or if you hesitate, please consider another profession and make service to God and neighbor your true motivation.

      Anonymous, I think you posted onto the wrong entry. I would agree that it's hard to think that other faiths can be wrong, but we have to be realistic at some point. Catholics follow God, and they follow Truth and Love incarnate in His Son, Jesus. No other religion can make that claim. Instead they make disputable claims have often resulted in some particularly nasty events in history.

      Does that make their followers bad? Does that mean Muslims, Jews, and Protestants are estranged from God? Not at all, God created all of us equally. He works through His creation to turn souls to Him. To me, I think that encountering good people of other faiths is an opportunity to bring our them to the one true Church. Doing admirable things is nice, but not if it's incidental, not if it leads one to believe in false god or false prophet. We have to recognize that, or else we're not truly loving our neighbor. Christ says this on numerous occasions, even when it's hard to swallow. We can't just shy away from it out of politeness. Doing so may make us nice people, but we cease to become Catholic at that point.

      The world is filled with nice people, but niceness doesn't mean much when we consider all the evil that runs amok because of our inaction. Error turns into vice quite easily. The world needs Jesus, and Jesus wants us to bring the world to Him. It may not be popular, but it's the right thing to do.


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