In his book, Becoming Who You Are, by James Martin, SJ, we are invited to ponder our “true selves,” the me that God sees. The author examines the lives of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen and other spiritual seekers and concludes that to be holy we only have to be willing to be of love and service to those around us.  Martin says, “Merton believed that the person engaged in the “active” life, that is, the laborer or parent or student or caregiver, could lead lives that were in fact more holy, more devout, and sanctified than those of “professionally religious” people, like the cloistered monk or nun.” Using this set of lenses, the life of a Trappist monk is no more holy than the life of a single mother. A compassionate caregiver is as saintly as the woman feeding the homeless. True joy, holy joy, is living one’s life, no matter how impoverished or affluent, in alignment with God’s will.  Mother Teresa often said to those who traveled from afar to help her in her ministry, “Find your own Calcutta.” May I find mine today.

by Andrew