Welcome back! We wish you all well as you begin a new school year. The poet Mary Oliver asked the question: “Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This is a question many of us face at some stage. What does it mean to live a good life? What about a productive life? How about a happy life? How might I think about these ideas if the answers conflict with one another? And how do I use my time here at school/college/work and home to build on the answers to these tough questions? Fr. Michael Himes, a theology professor at Boston College, has become a helpful guide for those trying to make important life decisions. His questions and exercises can help one make a more robust discernment. Himes offers three key questions to ask when trying to determine whether something might be what you want to do with your life: 1) Is this a source of joy? 2) Is this something that taps into your talents and gifts, engages all of your abilities, and uses them in the fullest way possible? 3) Is this role a genuine service to the people around you?   This week: