The One Thing

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My life is changing ever so slowly and way too quickly at the same time. I have made a decision to shift my focus from full-time parish work to part-time so I can strike out in a new direction. Why? Because I do not believe I am fully living out God’s will for my life. Sometimes when I say this to others, there is almost a rush of words said along the lines of, “Don’t be so hard on yourself; you do a great job; don’t stress” and so forth. Those words are not helpful because they don’t apply.

I desire to do God’s will because of the great love I have for him and tremendous gratitude. He has given me everything! And while I know he is not looking to be repaid in a quid pro quo manner, my desire is to give him my all. I have a few quotes around my desk that remind me what we are capable of when we seek his will.

“Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48)

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”  (Catherine of Siena)

“To be a saint is to will the one thing.”  (Soren Kierkegaard)

I am energized about this change yet there is some trepidation as well about this new road I am taking. I’m not quite sure where it will lead, but I’m moving forward.

If you have any tips on how to navigate change, please tell us!

Copyright 2015, Deanna Bartalini
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About Author

Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mom, writer and educator. She is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, FL. She writes at, serves as the editor of the blog, and is a contributor there as well as at Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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