Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny. We are free beings and sons of God. This means to say that we should not passively exist, but actively participate in God’s creative freedom, in our own lives, and in the lives of others, by choosing the truth. To put it better, we are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity. We can evade this responsibility by playing with masks, and this pleases us because it can appear at times to be a free and creative way of living. It is quite easy. It seems to please everyone. But in the long run the cost and sorrow come very high. To work out our own identity in God, which the Bible calls “working out our salvation”, is a labor that requires sacrifice and anguish, risk and many tears. It demands close attention to reality at every moment, and great fidelity to God as He reveals Himself, obscurely, through the mystery of each new situation. We do not know clearly beforehand what the result of this work will be…. He alone can make me who I am, or rather who I will be when at last I fully begin to be.