My Unexpected Journey With God

I think it’s safe to say that 16-year-old me would be very surprised to see what 28-year-old me is doing these days. Nowhere on my radar was the idea of joining religious life or becoming a priest. The thought of going to college for religious studies would have been preposterous. Heck, at 16, getting me to Church and enjoying it would have been almost unimaginable. And as for social media… WordPress was less than two years old and there weren’t too many “bloggers,” Facebook was a year old and not open to the public, Youtube was in its first year and mostly unknown, and neither Twitter nor Instagram existed. My life has amounted to things that I could not even have conceived of at the time.

And yet, here I am. What a journey it’s been with God so far. As I share in this week’s video, the road was not always straight and it wasn’t always lead with the greatest intentions. God had a way of guiding even my most selfish decisions to work out for the glory of the kingdom.

It’s because of this that I have a very simple lesson to teach from my journey: start doing, figure things out later. While I don’t mean that we should be reckless or thoughtless in our actions, I think we put way too much trust in our own ability to shape our future and not enough trust in God’s ability to shape our decisions for good. It is certainly important to take discernment seriously and prayerfully engage the questions of our day, but too often we worry about finding the “perfect” answer that we never act at all. Truly, I believe, God would prefer that we be running in the wrong direction than sitting lifeless, worried about which direction to go. Sometimes, we have to just start running and let God change our direction if necessary.

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3 Comments on “My Unexpected Journey With God

  1. Where may I buy one of those neat T-Shirts? Would St. Anthony Shrine in Boston have them?

    On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 1:03 PM, Breaking In The Habit wrote:

    > friarcasey posted: “https://youtu.be/zluubyIRbI0 I think it’s safe to say > that 16-year-old me would be very surprised to see what 28-year-old me is > doing these days. Nowhere on my radar was the idea of joining religious > life or becoming a priest. The thought of going to c” >

  2. “Truly, I believe, God would prefer that we be running in the wrong direction than sitting lifeless, worried about which direction to go. Sometimes, we have to just start running and let God change our direction if necessary.”

    This is so incredibly spot on! Just what I needed to hear right now.

  3. i think its great choosing religious life at a young age , I thought of doing somthing similar when i was in my 20s , now im in my mid 30s i’ve let christ back into my life and i’m already enjoying the seeds of success , I’d love to know if you find ,br Casey , that being celibate is dificult and are you allowed female freinds in a lay order ,and does the fransican habit come in black and white colours or is it typically brown?

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