The prophet’s promise of light is a promise of life. Mother Mary labors through the night to deliver to us the fulfillment of that promise: Jesus, the one who sees us and loves us and affirms us fully.
Who you are, deep down, is an answer to God’s dreams. God’s expectations. God’s hopes. You are exactly who God had in mind when you were made.
So many Catholics have joined religious life or the priesthood hoping to faithfully answer the Church’s call to us for celibacy. And so many realized they couldn’t. And that realization, as heartbreaking as it is, should give us hope.