Lost and alone: Sometimes that is the best place to start
Today we celebrate a great Jesuit missionary, Saint Francis Xavier. He was one of the first companions of Saint Ignatius and was present for the founding of the order. Given his proximity to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and his role in being with the first to profess vows in the Society, it was unlikely Saint Ignatius really wanted him to go off to the missions of Asia. But sometimes when things do not go our way, when we feel lost and alone, it is then God can act in our lives.
One of the first decisions of the Jesuits, founded first as a missionary order, was to send missionaries to Asia, as it was part of the Portuguese empire. But the first plans did not work out. I am sure at this moment, Saint Ignatius felt lost and alone. But he knew Saint Francis Xavier, and he had the confidence to send him. And today we remember the holiness of Saint Francis Xavier being forever tied to his willingness to do God’s will.
In our lives, we can feel the same way. We can see difficult times, hardships and feel lost and alone ourselves. But during those times, we need to remind ourselves that we are never really alone, and we will be found by God. We are never lost. So if you are feeling lost and alone, reach out to God and ask him to help you to see where your greatness lies.
Each day during the season of Advent, you will find advent reflections from faculty and students at Christian Brothers College High School. To find all the reflections, go to our Advent Reflections page.