Last weekend it was the May Youth Weekend at Stella Maris, Andreas shared his testimony with us as the theme for the weekend was the Priesthood. What did I conclude from Andi’s story? That the Plan of God is always much better than ours.
This life is a pilgrimage; we walk, and we seek the right way. Sometimes, we create the difficulties for ourselves to finding the way that God proposes. We may not pay attention to what God tells us (like a wayward sheep); we may want to avoid the way by coming up with excuses or following attractive material issues (the rich young man); we may be lazy, not work and think that faith moves everything.
Excuses after excuses, pretexts after pretexts, which will just cause us to end up like the prodigal son: sad, pockets empty, life ruined. Until we find the way back Home, the way that He chose for us, we will not have peace. Because Jesus said, the Peace that He gives is different from the peace of this world. He is the Good Shepherd, the One who knows his sheep, and his sheep knows Him. He knows us better than we do!
It is a joy that after years and years of patience Andi can finally become a priest soon. We should keep him in our prayers and also pray for more people during their vocation discernment.
About the author
Yiran, or Maria Micaela. Born in China as a Protestant Christian but baptised in Spain (2015), being the only Catholic in the family. I came to Turku as an Erasmus exchange student and I stayed for my MSc studies. I'm also a participant of the Youth Weekends at Stella Maris.
Cooking, running and photography are my hobbies.