Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Answering the Call


I recently went through a training to become a Eucharistic Minister - one that serves communion. It's something I've wanted to do for a long, long time. The winter schedule came out, and guess what? I am scheduled to serve communion for the very first time, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8th. That is the day that celebrates Mary's (as opposed to Jesus') immaculate conception, a woman free from "sin." Whether or not you buy all that, you've got to agree that Mary was someone that said, "YES!" to her calling, her purpose, her soul's journey.

Maybe it's the fact that I am nearly 50, but I have been spending a lot of time lately, thinking about just that. Am I saying, "yes," to my life? To what I'm called to do? My reason for being here? I know a woman that has had one impressive, and diverse, profession/calling after another, and she already knows what her next one will be. It, too, is exciting, and I couldn't agree more that she'd be perfect for it. Me? Not so much. When I was a teacher, I was a good one, but no part of me wants to do that again.  When I'm honest with myself, I've never really aspired to be "more" than a wife and a mother. Staying home and taking care of my family and home, has been my dream, and my reality. You don't get much more blessed than when that's the case.

I take comfort in the fact that Mary was not flashy in her time, she did one big thing in a quiet way - she mothered. She took care of a special boy so that he could do what he was called to do.


*Photo from stlouisreview.com



7 comments:

kario said...

I am covered in goosebumps. Of COURSE you are giving the communion on Mary's day! And the fact that you recognize your unique gifts as Rojo's mother (and Woohoo's) is priceless.

Love you.

fullsoulahead.com said...

She did.

You do.

Amen.

Elizabeth said...

As I race around in my car and then make calls for the three jobs that I have, I yearn for doing just one: the mothering. I HAVE to work right now for a living, and I really don't want to. I am content in the simple -- and often complex -- job of mothering and dream of doing just that, along with regular writing all the livelong day.

Congratulations on becoming a Eucharistic Minister -- all the women I know who do are so are very special people.

Lola said...

Third time trying to comment. I do not have luck with this google sign in:)

This is a great post-thank you for writing and sharing it.

I am feeling at a crossroads with some things and people and really trying to listen to what's best for me and what I want and not what I think I want and not doing something just because I can or because I am good at it or because someone asked me to.
It's time to listen to me and follow my own voice.

B. WHITTINGTON said...

There is no higher calling than to be a mother, in my eyes. I'm so proud of my three adult daughters and eight grandchildren.
I'm excited to hear you are following your heart. WE all need to do that.
Blessings on your new assignment. It does sound exciting. I love taking communion and making a new commitment to our Saviour. Especially during the time we celebrate his birth.
Blessings to you and your family.
I do like reading about your adventures. Barb

Tanya Savko said...

By no accident (of course), I was thinking of Eucharistic ministers today. I had no idea why, but the thought came to me. I embraced it, and now I know why. I'll be thinking of you on Mary's (and your) special day. xo

hg said...

amen