by Cole Matson
As 2009 winds down and 2010 begins, I’m reflecting on how where I am now (studying Theology at Oxford while living in C.S. Lewis’ house) is so very different from where I thought I would be 3 years ago (finishing up a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology while writing a dissertation on religious OCD), which is very different from where I thought I would be 3 years before that (making a living as a freelance actor in either NYC or LA).
Where would I like to be 3 years from today? Working on my D.Phil. in Theology and the Arts while applying to join a religious order (either as a first-order or third-order member) or some other form of consecrated life.
As I seek to clarify where I go from here, listed below (in no particular order) are seven goals I have for my life:
1) Get a D.Phil. in Theology and the Arts
2) Graduate with a First from Oxford
3) Join a religious order/enter consecrated life
4) Teach at a Catholic (or “merely Christian”) college
5) Start a professional theatre company aimed at exploring spiritual themes in a way that is both Catholic (consistent with our understanding of good vs. evil in the context of a divine redemptive purpose for humanity) and catholic (examined in a way that is accessible to all Christians, people of other faiths, and people of no religious belief)
6) Publish a book on the moral responsibility of the Christian artist
7) Become a saint
By the last I don’t mean “become canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.” I mean that I hope and pray that, by the grace of God, I live my life in such a way that I allow God to make of me the saint He wishes to make. We are all of us – every human being – called to be saints in the end. Nothing less.
What are your goals for 2010, for your life, or even just for today? And how can we help each other reach them? Feel free to comment below if you’d like to share your thoughts.
Blessings to you, dear reader, in the New Year.