“The first step to carrying out a dream or change in you is desire.”–Napoleon Hill
What a simple yet very profound statement I found the other day when I was attending a seminar on how to transform grief and loss into something positive. I do some work in a facility for court adjudicated youth and one day, I got word that one of the residents had a death in his family and wanted to talk to a priest. I went over to the facility, found the resident, and spoke to him about his grandfather and how much the grandfather meant to him.
After about a half an hour, I asked the resident what his grandfather think of him being in this correctional institution, and he began to fill up and said that his grandfather would be sad; but he desired to give his grandfather’s memory a gift and that was coming back to the Church, receiving the sacraments, and doing well when he gets discharged in about two months. I listened to his confession and then was able to offer Mass for his grandfather and made plans to do so again.
The above mentioned quote that I heard the next day seemed to fit like a fine pair of shoes; the desire to keep his grandfather’s memory alive was enough for this resident to change and carry out the dream of being a really good person in honor of his grandfather. The quote also struck home with me, especially in this Lenten season. I must have that desire to be a better religious and priest so that I can help persons find their desires and carry them out to change their lives.
Perhaps you are being called to carry out your dream of helping others as a religious or a priest: all you have to do is admit the desire and the change can happen. It only takes that first step.