In this beautiful season of Advent, the Church encourages us to watch and wait eagerly for the coming of Christ. Not only do we prepare for the commemoration of His birth at Christmas, but we are also called to seek His presence here and now. With the eyes of faith we are able to see the stunning reality of His constant presence, and we begin to realize it is God who is always waiting for us – waiting for us to turn to Him.
What better time to ask ourselves how to seek God, to ask what our vocation might be? Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI, helps us to keep the eternal realities before our eyes in the midst of a season with many distractions:
“Young people who read this, consider yourselves. Do not be dazzled by the lure of creatures of by thoughtless impulses and feelings. Look ahead, look to the far future, think of eternity. ‘What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and then suffer the loss of his own soul?’ (Mt. 16:26) One indication you have of a calling is to appreciate the value of the soul you must save and sanctify, by going wherever you could best be assured your spiritual life would grow and mature to the full stature of Christ (cf. Eph. 4:13).”