“Make way, make way!” Although there may be differing opinions on the movie itself, “Moana” reminds us to think of who we are and what we are made for. The beginning of the year makes us feel a lot like Moana. We wonder: How can I make my parents proud? What am I called to do? These can lead to other questions like: Should I keep this major? Who should I hang out with? How am I going to spend my time? Oftentimes, we simply fill our schedules and hope for the best. When I was in college, I kept trying things, hoping something would click and I would have my whole life figured out. It felt like everyone around me was expecting that of me. When she’s singing “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana says the same thing: “I’ll be satisfied if I play along, But the voice inside sings a different song, What is wrong with me?”
What if you listened to that voice? That little voice inside that says you are made for more, made for eternity. God is calling you to be with Him, and it doesn’t have to start with a lot.
Instead of saying yes to everything, what if we take some time in silence? It seems like a crazy thought. Silence is often the last thing we want, because it seems so loud! Our thoughts come in all at once. Just try it though. Imagine Jesus looking at you, loving you where you are and desiring so much goodness for you. There are many proofs that He loves you. One of them is that He waits.
St. Joseph Chapel is open to everyone during the day. You can find peace and quiet there. Jesus is exposed in Eucharistic adoration from 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (with the exception of 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.) You can pop in for five minutes a day and just let yourself sit there. Give Him everything on your mind and then be silent to receive and listen. Pretty simple, right? No degree or special skill required. J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”
In Him, you will find all that you are and desire. However, you will rarely find time for Him — you have to make time. What do you say?