Theology

The Cliche Question of Every College Student (Regardless of Age!)

Who am I?

There are many fashions in which to answer this question – nearly all of them are utterly superficial; I am a student, a Catholic Worker, unmarried, female, white, tattooed. All of these mean nothing because they are mutable, transitory, subject to change by my own mere whimsical fancy. To authentically answer this question I must tunnel beneath the shallow surface of culture and ego to the very taproot of my being. “Who?” is the tentatively asked question, “Ohm (or I AM)” is the undisputed, resounding response. Who I am is pure spirit.

What future am I creating for myself?

I am cultivating a life or prayer – a very specific prayer. I am creating a future where I am an imperishable instrument of Peace, a sower of Love, a judgment-less judge that pardons all, Faithful, Hope-filled, filled with the Glory of God’s light, Joyous, consoling, understanding. I am creating a future where I can be a voice for those who have none.

I leave you with my pre-meal prayer:

“God, bless this food so that it strengthens

my legs on the path to Justice and Peace.

God, open my heart with Compassion and

Love, especially for those who I struggle with.

God, give me the Courage to raise my voice

against injustice, even if my friends are the perpetrators.

God, give me the Wisdom to discern the path towards

You.”

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