Youth Vigil in the Basilica of the Our Lady of the Abandoned, Valencia (Spain), March 6, 2015.
Some young people from the Parish of St. Dionisio and St. Pancracio, led by the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother in Valencia, took part in a prayer vigil for young people in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Abandoned on Friday, March 6th. The Vigil was presided by Archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares.
The Blessed Sacrament was exposed and the young people sang some songs in an atmosphere of worship. The cardinal encouraged all young people to ask the Lord the same question as St. Teresa of Jesus: “What do you want of me?” He told us that God wants us to be happy, and the only way to be happy is to fulfill the will of God. Happiness is not found in the false freedom of alcohol or pleasure.
Some seminarians shared the testimony of their vocation. A first year seminarian encouraged the young people to live out their faith. He explained the importance of prayer in order to be able to discover the vocation, and the need to have a simple spirit, to be like children before God, our Father. He also noted the apostolic force of a smile and that as sons of God we cannot reflect sadness on our faces. He concluded by saying: “Jesus Christ isn’t worth “it” he is worth our LIFE.”
A seminarian, who will be ordained a deacon in two months, encouraged the young people to be courageous and to not deny the Lord what He asks of them. He spoke of his own experience and of the struggles he had in order to be able to discern his vocation, but with the help of spiritual direction and prayer, the Lord accompanied him giving him the strength to leave everything and follow him.
At the end, the cardinal spoke with enthusiasm about the importance of the Eucharist and of the priesthood: "I can't imagine what we would do without the Eucharist!“ he said, and continued: "Without the priesthood there is no Eucharist!
It was a vigil filled with prayer and of the presence of Christ. All the young people who participated were touched by the testimonies of the seminarians and by the words of the Cardinal, who knew how to direct their attention toward Christ in the Eucharist.