This month our team of writers at Into the Deep are reflecting on “Growth in the Spirit”. As we enter the Easter Season, this series will explore the various ways Ignatian spirituality guides us in being able to notice that the Risen Christ is right in front of us.
“God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.” – Saint Teresa of Calcutta
One of the first people I called when I learned I was losing my job was my friend Sally. “You have been so faithful!” she repeated over and over again. “You have been so faithful!” She really meant it, and she was right. I had been incredibly faithful – I worked hard, I was dedicated to our students, I had raised a lot of money for mission trips and scholarships. None of this, however, would change the fact that my campus ministry position was being eliminated due to budget cuts.
In reminding me of my faithfulness to the call to ministry, Sally assured me that God is ever faithful to each of us. God would not abandon me as I entered the unknown waters of unemployment. In many ways, she was also giving me permission to leave the past behind and keep moving forward. It would be many months before I could fully comprehend the path ahead, but God was indeed faithful in leading me to new ways of ministering to others. [Continue reading…]