What do our martyrs evoke in you?

You have dared to enter the Claretian missionary family probably because you have felt a pull from within—a persistent inner voice that called you towards a different form of living your life and do your work. We call it charism and mission. You were attracted to Claretian life and mission because what you felt deep within you vibrated with the ideal of Claretian way of living and missioning. If that was not the case when you joined, it must at least have been the case why you did not leave along the way.

The yearning for meaningful work, deeper relationships with others, and a chance to share your unique gifts to help make the world a better place may still keep glowing in you. Yes, You long to live a life of purpose

martires-fernan-caballeroYou may also feel an urgency around activating your full potential and living your life’s purpose. You may also feel the pulls to other directions because of the habits formed in you and the attractions the world places before you. And while you know that the world needs your contribution, the challenge of “changing direction” sometimes feels like it’s just too difficult . . . like you may never reach your goals.

Perhaps, like so many others, you feel . . .

  • Ready to serve the world with your unique gifts, but you just don’t know how to harness the forces within and without that pull and push to various directions.
  •  Like you’ve struggled for so long to actualize your purpose that it might not really be possible
  • A longing to discover if you even have a unique purpose in life
  • Called to begin a new project or mission that is deeply fulfilling and would make a difference to others, but don’t know exactly what it might look like or how to support yourself in pursuing it
  • Alone and under-supported to take your life in the direction your soul yearns for, despite having good friends who are there for you in other ways

Whatever your present situation, you probably know there could be more.
More meaning. more clarity, more passion, when the purpose in life is given prime place and all forces are integrated in tune with it.
We want to live our Claretian life more meaningfully, with passion, direction and solidarity with our brothers and give ourselves totally and creatively  in our missionary commitments..

In fact, many Claretians are  experiencing this same yearning, this same burning desire to awaken to their unique gifts and offer them in service to the world—while living a life of joy and fulfillment even amidst suffering and persecutions.
It’s a surging of the claretian spirit, the inner awakening which we call our missionary charism.and mission.

We need to activate this latent charismatic potentials in order to lead the way into the future and leave a powerful legacy . to live it to the full now and pass on to the future generations …the fire that we have received deep within us. .

We want to live with a permanent sense of connectedness with this fire within, and living from that place of higher wisdom and true depth.
But with all this good desires and fine feelings for our charism and mission, why is living a life of meaning and purpose so difficult for so many?

The fact is, we are often out of touch with what lies within us as if it is an unknown territory. And we are confused about the roadmap for the new terrain of inner freedom and generous commitment, for living a life of purpose.

May be we are caught up in consumer culture that does not nurture our highest aspirations, but merely thrive on playing on our basic survival needs and basic passions.

Our formative processes may reach only skin deep through its soft tap —and fail to empower fiery, creative and prophetic men on fire with God’s love.

matirs tarr 01 sMay be we are afraid to break through the status quo—and fail to encourage our highest spiritual potentials to blossom.
We simply haven’t been trained in how to bring the possible future into the present. In fact, that is what consecrated life is for, anticipation of the eschatological future.

Indeed, there are people who knew the secrets of how to live from our higher potentials in order to make a very big difference in the world. Our Founder and the saints offer road maps for such an authentic human journey.

The life of the martyrs bring alive this dream to live a life of purpose. It is in the midst of trials that we stand for what we hold as truly important.
The beatification of the martyrs of siguenza, Fernan Caballero and Tarragona are coming closer. It is a time we reflect on the fundamentals that we would not exchange for anything, even for living little longer.  Let us allow the life of our martyrs to challenge us about our priorities and preoccupations and help us to tune us to the purpose of our unique life.

Mathew Vattamattam
a reflection based on the modern spiritual urge to live the purpose of life.




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