May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love, To postpone my dream no longer But do at last what I came here for And waste my heart on fear no more.
— John O’Donahue
This quote has been with me since I first read it and especially in the last two days. What is my dream and why would I want to postpone it any longer. As a young boy I dreamt of many things including a vocation to the priesthood. As a young adult those dreams changed to become an archaeologist and historian, and then again as an adult after a tour of duty in the United States Navy. Who am I really? Today, in a conversation with Fr. Dan Riley, OFM following his homily on the feast of Corpus Christi we were invited to explore who we really are in Christ. Who am I really and what am I being called to? I’ve had a sense of mission for months now, but what precisely I’m not sure. What have I come here for? For over a quarter century I’ve been a technology coordinator, a technology problem solver, a teacher, a helper, and most importantly a learner. There is a longing in my heart for communion with Christ. It has always been there. Sometimes it’s been shrouded but always it’s been there.