Beyond the Clouds by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, S.A.C. - Page 78

life as a mission. Try to do so by listening to God in prayer and recognizing the signs that he gives you. Always ask the Spirit what Jesus expects from you at every moment of your life and in every decision you must make, so as to discern its place in the mission you have received. Allow the Spirit to forge in you the personal mystery that can reflect Jesus Christ in today’s world. May you come to realize what that word is, the message of Jesus that God wants to speak to the world by your life. Let yourself be transformed. Let yourself be renewed by the Spirit, so that this can happen, lest you fail in your precious mission. The Lord will bring it to fulfilment despite your mistakes and missteps, provided that you do not abandon the path of love but remain ever open to his supernatural grace, which purifies and enlightens” (Pope Francis). Thus, do not be afraid when we experience moments of uncertainty or confusion in our mission. We would be lying if we said we didn’t have them. That is part of human nature. Being a person of faith in God does not spare us from moments of darkness. In fact, as we progress in our relationship with God- toward the path of perfection- the experience of the dark night’s of our soul is absolutely unavoidable. In mystical language, the deeper our experience with God, the deeper also will be the depths of our sinfulness and unworthiness. In the darkest of night, I couldn’t see the clouds below, but as the sun rose, brightening the sky, so I could see the clouds I transcended above. Only when we are in light can we see Truth. Since God is the Absolute Truth, it is He alone who brightens up our life, making us also aware of the many shadows around us. 78