All over the Americas today, it is Columbus Day. Some countries call it Discovery Day, the latter making me think Columbus’ death-defying passage was also a journey of self-discovery. Every healthy human travels this road called finding oneself, also known as individuation, or coincidentally, passages.
If you are over 18, you are already consciously aware of the journey. But if you are over 40, you are also watching younger adults—the millennial generation—make these perilous, but necessary passages. And what makes this journey particularly hazardous for the Millennials is the fast-changing, constant redefining of cultural norms and values.
On this day, let us pray for our Millennials to discover sooner than later the paradox their older generation has already learned (hopefully), “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 10:39). No one can find oneself apart from God: Happy Discovery Day!