This semester’s final installment of “The Well” took place last Thursday in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center. The Well is an ecumenical worship service that features a variety of speakers from the Gannon community.
The theme for this year is “The Promise,” and focuses on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and what these gifts look like in our lives.
The Rev. Michael Kesicki, associate vice president of university Mission and Ministry, presented on knowledge as it is understood in the realm of faith.
Knowledge as a gift of the Holy Spirit goes far beyond academics. It is not simply the information we acquire each day from science and reason.
Though we may desire to learn about the ways of the world, this pursuit of knowledge must not be a means to its own end. Rather, this pursuit should bring us closer to God.
Kesicki shared a quote by Albert Einstein that sums up this idea very well.
“There are two ways to live your life: one is as though nothing is a miracle and the other is as though everything is a miracle,” Einstein said.
The gift of knowledge leads us closer to the understanding that we experience miracles every day. The understanding of this gift as it pertains to the faith is something that lets us know we are doing what is right.
Kesicki talked a lot about the idea that knowledge may not manifest itself in clear and distinct answers.
God is not always going to tap us on the shoulder and tell us exactly what it is he wants us to be doing in our lives.
Instead, knowledge comes from the feeling that what we are doing in that moment is what we are meant to be doing. There is a certain peace that comes with feeling like you are in the right place.
If you feel like you are being called to a certain career path then that feeling is knowledge from the Holy Spirit showing itself to you.
There are few things better than feeling like you actually know what you’re doing. But take heart if you feel like you have no idea where your life is taking you.
The Holy Spirit will make his knowledge known to you in time, and when he does everything will become clear. If you don’t feel like you are where you’re supposed to be, don’t be afraid to listen to your heart and make a change.
The next installment of The Well will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center. Brent Heckman, director of Campus Ministry, will present on the gift of counsel.