Where am I?
In his meditations on the Incarnation, St. Ignatius of Loyola noted in his famed Spiritual Exercises a desire for "an intimate knowledge of our Lord who has become man for me, that I may love him more, and follow him more closely."
We as Christians are called to do more than simply believe in and celebrate the birth of Jesus and his omnipotent, redemptive spirit during Advent. We are called to become more like Christ by “loving him more and following him more closely.”
I continue to be energized and filled with excitement during each Advent, much like a kid eagerly anticipating presents on Christmas morning. It is a time to prepare for the coming of Our Lord, a period mixed with reflection, hope and celebration. We remind ourselves that much like the Jews many years ago, we ourselves long for and need a Savior.
Our deep-held belief in the birth of Jesus Christ imbues our spirits with love, peace and comfort. At the same time, His spirit inspires us to be ‘contemplatives in action’ in the tradition of St. Ignatius—that is, our prayers are complemented by our actions of love in the world.
At St. Louis University High, we are abundantly blessed with signs that our Jr. Bills are, indeed, becoming more Christ-like everyday. The generosity and selflessness of our young men extend beyond the many pastoral and service activities that they coordinate and undertake. It is omnipresent on the ball field and in the theater. Our scholars are committed to developing compassionate hearts that transform lives during their four years here and beyond.
The Christ-like spirit of our students can perhaps be best paraphrased in lyrics from a song recently written by Matt Whalen ’14: “We are a community of dedicated men called to be light for each other; let us love and cherish the people in our company with all our hearts.”
During this Advent, let us be faith-filled and believe that we can be that light for others, that we ourselves can become more Christ-like through our thoughts, words and actions.
May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas Season, and may He bless you with a healthy, prosperous New Year.