Bishop Rhoades: ‘Singles, Entrust Your Future To The Lord’


Bishop Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend wrote a reflection for CatholicMatch members

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.

 

These words from Psalm 23, penned by King David thousands of years ago, express his heartfelt desire to know the Lord’s will for his life. It is a prayer which each of us can make our own as we sincerely strive to discern God’s plan for our lives, particularly as it concerns the vocation to which He is calling us.

Blessed John Paul II once described the whole Christian life as a great pilgrimage to the house of the Father, and we make that pilgrimage by faith. We usually don’t see the whole path laid out clearly before us, however.

God typically leads us little by little, a bit like driving at night with the headlights on: Only a small patch of the road is illuminated at a time. Faith is our willingness to follow even when we cannot see where we are going, even when the going gets tough, even when our pilgrimage passes by way of the Cross.  

Those of you who are single no doubt experience moments of difficulty and loneliness and wondering what the future holds, as well as moments of peace and joy. I encourage each of you CatholicMatch members to deepen your relationship with God at this point in your life by making a commitment to spend some time every day in intimate dialogue with Him.

“What matters most is that you develop your personal relationship with God,” Pope Benedict stressed during his first pastoral visit to our country in 2008. “That relationship is expressed in prayer. God by his very nature speaks, hears and replies… Far from turning in on ourselves or withdrawing from the ups and downs of life, by praying we turn towards God and through him to each other.” 

I encourage each of you to entrust your past, your present, and your future to the Lord. Surrender your hopes and fears and dreams to Him, in full confidence that He desires your happiness even more than you do. If you trust Him completely and open your heart to Him in prayer, He will lead you along the particular path to holiness that He has planned for your life.

         

 

“What are you seeking? What is God whispering to you? The hope which never disappoints is Jesus Christ. The saints show us the selfless love of his way. As disciples of Christ, their extraordinary journeys unfolded within the community of hope, which is the Church. It is from within the Church that you too will find the courage and support to walk the way of the Lord. Nourished by personal prayer, prompted in silence, shaped by the Church’s liturgy you will discover the particular vocation God has for you. Embrace it with joy.”  –Pope Benedict XVI






11 Comments

  1. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways. I have been experiencing difficulties and loneliness and even wondering what the future holds for me. Through the Holy Spirit I came upon this posting. It has helped me to overcome my fears and to continue trusting in the Lord. He has a plan for me.

  2. Barb-505508 October 10, 2011

    Thank you Bishop Rhoades for your insightful article. God has been whispering to me for the last few years that all I need to do is put my trust in Him and He will lead me to my life’s vocation.

    After my husband and son passed away I was devastated and thought my life had also ended. But then strange and mysterious things began to happen to me. Suddenly a fire was ignited in my heart and I just knew that there was a second chance at love out there waiting for me. I began to pray more fervently and both my mind and body began to feel alive and full of energy from the Holy Spirit. It was then that I met Mr. Right and his wonderful family.

    God has a delightful plan for my life and it is slowly unfolding and truly amazes me each day. I am excited to be alive and to once again feel the sure and steady direction of a loving God.

    There is time to every season under heaven.

  3. Jane-627689 October 12, 2011

    Thank you for the reminder that surrendering our lives to God is the best, and sometimes the only, thing we can do.

  4. Kevin-740665 October 18, 2011

    Thank you for the reminder. Very comforting and helpful.

  5. Philip-95912 October 26, 2011

    Heard Bishop Rhoades earlier today on our Catholic radio sharathon. The Fort Wayne – South Bend Diocese is very blessed to have him as our bishop!

  6. Ell-696293 October 27, 2011

    Thank you for the message. That was truly inspiring.

  7. Brian-765652 October 29, 2011

    I would not know what the future holds for me but the good Lord has a plan for me, so i will carry on to trust in him as my personal soviour and lord till the end of times,
    Regards Brian.

    • Thank you so much. I am truly blessed to be a member of this Church and am filled with joy and peace as I trust the Lord to reveal His plan for my life. Not my will but thine be done” Until then I will continue to follow, pray and rejoice in what He is doing in my life.

  8. Thank you for your words of encouragement and guidance. I left my marriage to be able to freely follow the Lord. Now He is showing me the path to grow emotionally and spiritually. I pray that I will find good Catholic friends who will support me on my journey, help me to hear God’s will, and then to follow it. I am going to post a CM Meet ‘N Greet in my area. Pray that the Lord sends those who desire to band together to find the LOVE of our life in HIM first and then see what His next step is!

  9. Penny S. June 10, 2012

    I came across this site only today, I am therefore encouraged to wait on the Lord as he has said to me so many times before, I am trusting my God for his will to be done in my life. Peace and Love.

  10. Alma-953915 October 25, 2013

    This gives a lot of encouragement. It can be so overwhelming; having high hopes that end in disappointment. Whenever I feel like the pain of it is too much to handle, I cling on to Christ. His love is the only stable one.

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