“Let us go on increasing our love for our holy vocation ever more and more, for it unites us to God with an undivided love, and at the same time calls on us to love and serve our neighbor for the love of Christ who so loved him as to have died for him.” Adelaide de Cice, July 1, 1803
A definition of a vocation I recently heard on the Rosary Miracle Prayer application created by the Sisters of St. Paul is that, “A vocation is a dynamic response to God’s dream for us as it unfolds throughout our life. God calls us to love, this is our vocation which shapes not just what we do, but everything we are.”
When I reflect on this definition, I cannot help but think of how Mary lived this definition in that she was completely open to God’s plan in her life so that we can receive Jesus in our lives.
God desires to live a heart-to-heart relationship with each one of us and that we become like Jesus as we live the spirit of the Beatitudes. When I think of what it means for me as a Daughter of the Heart of Mary to be spiritually poor, first of all, it means that I need to admit that I have needs. I also need to be open to having God fulfill those needs as God sees best for me, not as I think they ought to be fulfilled. It calls for me to stand in the truth of who I am and to realize that I do not necessarily have all the answers. It is the realization that God has ultimate power and control and my task is to cooperate with God in whatever way God deems best. There is a song written by Sr. Donna Marie McGagrill, OSM entitled Servant Song which says it beautifully. In the song, she says, “What do you want of me Lord? Where do you want me to serve you? Where can I sing your praises? I hear you call my name Lord and I am moved within me. Your Spirit stirs my deepest self. Sing your song in me. I am your song and servant, singing your praises like Mary. Surrendered to your Spirit. “Let it be done to me.”
Briefly, as far as the other Beatitudes are concerned, I understand that as a DHM, I am living the spirit of mourning when I feel the hurt of others and emphasize with them. I live the spirt of meekness when I enable others to be themselves. I live in a spirt of spiritual hunger when the focus of my life is spiritual goals, objectives and motivations. I understand being pure heart when I am in touch with my inner self as I truly am, without false images and being honest with God and myself as to who and how I am. As a DHM, I am called to be a peacemaker especially by reconciling differences between persons without destroying either the differences or the persons. Last, but not least, the endurance of persecution calls for me to accept hostility and anger without fighting back and to act rather than react. Needless to say, to live the spirit of the Beatitudes in daily life requires being open and responsive to God’s grace and presence in my life, and being human, some days I do better at it than others.
Do you have an inner sense that God is inviting you to have a more intimate relationship with God? What do you imagine is God’s dream for you? In your own life, how do you live the Beatitudes? Which ones do you find the most difficult to live and why? What do you need to do in order to make the spirit of the Beatitudes an active part of your life? Linda DHM