One of CCO’s campus missionaries told me his secret to getting up each morning to pray. He would awaken to his alarm and an all-too-familiar desire to hit snooze and roll over. But, instead of that, he trained himself to say, “I will go anywhere you want me to go.” And in that moment, he knew that where God wanted him was out of bed, downstairs, in prayer.
This line comes from the Apostles’ Prayer. It has become an integral part of CCO’s spirituality, and holds special significance to us. For the missionary, applying this line allowed him to take time each day with Christ. It gave him a foundation for his work throughout the day.
But the authors of the prayer meant for it to cover more than the first moment of the day. They intended it to apply to a broad range of situations — including choosing the locations for all our missions. In fact, campus missionaries plan their daily schedules around the disposition this prayer encourages. They step onto the campus of each university we serve and say: “I will go anywhere.”
Going anywhere God wants us to go is our approach in considering campus expansions. I’m so excited that CCO is serving in the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Nfld., this Fall (2015). By invitation of Archbishop Martin Currie, our missionaries are now at Memorial University. This campus has the largest enrollment in Atlantic Canada and holds staggering potential for an injection of hope and renewal. CCO missionary Eric Filion — formerly based at Queen’s in Kingston, Ont. — is leading the team there. Eric and his team are living out their prayer to “go anywhere” in a bold and concrete way.
While “going anywhere” often leads to exciting expansions and faraway missions, it can also mean discerning that it’s time to leave a campus. This has most recently been the case for our work in Quebec City, where we have concluded activities — for now — at Laval University. We entrust our direction to the Lord, and sometimes that means changing course.
I invite you to join us in praying the Apostle’s Prayer daily. It is a powerful invitation for God to use us in whatever way He chooses. Tell Him you’re willing to get up early to pray. Tell Him you’re the one who will go to the peripheries of your campus or workplace and search for those who need Him. Pray that you will go anywhere He wants you to go. You may be surprised where He leads you.
CCO APOSTLE’S PRAYER
Lord, when you called Abraham, he responded, “Ready”
When you called Isaiah, he answered, “Here I am Lord.”
When the angel Gabriel called out to Mary, she responded,
“I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.”
Lord, I hear you calling my name.
I hear you entrusting me with the task of building your kingdom.
Like those holy men and women who have gone before me, I give you my ‘yes’!
I will go anywhere you want me to go.
I will do anything you want me to do.
I will say anything you want me to say.
Holy Spirit I welcome you and ask you to guide me.
Form in me an apostle’s heart filled with love for Christ and zeal for souls.
I will commit myself with courage and generosity to the New Evangelization.
I will build brick-by-brick, the city of God inside the city of man.
This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of the Grapevine.