Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sunday Meditation: How did you use your talents today?
So I've been reflecting on how the Lord wants me to use my talents now. Discernment is always challenging.
A few years ago I was commiserating with a priest at a meeting about my pro-life work and how tired I was. He advised me to think about stopping the activism and focusing on my own family. My children were grown and out of the house at the time and I already had a number of grandchildren. I didn't, however, take his advice at the time, but it came back to me today. Ten years later I find myself even more tired and thinking perhaps this is the time.
I have a large family, five married children and 25 grandchildren. I also have eight living siblings several of whom need encouragement and support. One sister lives alone and I speak to her once or twice a day. I had to laugh tonight. She told me , "You calm me down; you're better than a pill." What a great compliment!
I have a brother in a nursing home over two hours away. I visit him a few times a year. I wish it were more often. Unfortunately he's in the "white-knuckle zone" near D.C. and I'm not as confident a driver as I used to be. But I could certainly make a greater effort to call him.
And I've been thinking lately that it would be good to write to my grandchildren and godchildren (I have nine of those) more often. We live in such difficult times, I want to help keep my grandchildren and godchildren and their families in the faith. A letter, a holy card, an article...why not?
And then of course there is the opportunity to do hospitality. I like to cook and love to set a pretty table. What a joy it is to host my children and their families and friends. One daughter was here last week from Pittsburgh with four of her children and we had a houseful all week with visiting aunts and uncles and cousins coming and going and sleeping over. What exhausting fun! Making memories time. Extended family is the village that raises the child and grandparents play a major role there.
And then of course, there is the time to spent with the Lord. That, of course, should be a primary consideration. I love my adoration hour and wouldn't it be wonderful to add a second...or even a third? One lady at morning Mass always stays at least an hour after Mass. How I admire her. There is no reason I can't do that, but I don't because of my lack of will and discipline.
Our parish also has a number of community outreach programs. As they say, "charity begins at home" and between family and parish there is no lack of opportunities to use my talents. And so I'm thinking about that today and asking the Lord where He wants me. It's His call if I just have the sense to sit in the silence and listen.
How is the Lord calling you to use the talents He's given you?