I came across a quote from John Henry Cardinal Newman recently. I offer it for your reflection, especially during this time that we are reminded about our call to service.
“God knows me and calls me by my name…
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.
I have my mission—
I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good. I shall do His work.
I shall be an angel for peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it,
If I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am. I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life. He may shorten it;
He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—
Still he knows what He is about…
Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see— I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used. “