I love my life. I spend my days listening to young people. I hear their dreams and their joys, and in their failures and disappointments. They invite me into their relationship highs and lows and they allow me to enter their most vulnerable spaces: the people that have hurt them, the addictions that control them, and the fears that paralyze them. I meet them in the struggles they face and the questions they have. When young people come to me, they’re not just looking for a friendly ear, they’re looking to know something about themselves/ As I am a Campus Minster and they approach me freely, they somehow already sense that God has something to with it.
Whether they know if or not, they are looking to understand the greater mystery of their lives. They are looking for the answer to the question, “Who am I? Do I matter? Why am I here?” Such big and important questions cannot be answered based in the brands we wear, the jobs we hold, the money we make, or the friends we have. To give this question the respect it deserves, we need to look within.
The great physicist Albert Einstein had the same questions in mind when he said, “I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ The extent to which we think about whether there is a God, and if so, what is God like, largely shapes our answer to that question and our answer to the significance of our lives. The relationships we have with parents, our family life growing up, and the friendships we have, all influence our perceptions of the world, ourselves, and yes, God.
But these relationships, while they shape us, do not define us. Only one thing defines us and that is: Who we are. So who are you?
Come explore this question. Come see me at Ryerson Catholics and meet other wonderful young people, just like you, exploring the same question!
– Post by Susan Goncz