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 G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. 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 published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Gracewatch Media. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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