Monday, June 18, 2012

live with a senseless logic

Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 
Romans 8:17

The saints are the ones the light shines through.

Here we go. Today is the day. ND Vision 2012 begins. Today is the day 300+ high school students show up to learn that God is calling them on an awfully grand adventure, which is the adventure of a vocation to live their lives in self-giving love. Cool. So we just mentor them and help them begin that vocation. No big deal, I guess.

Big deal.

This weekend, we had a beautiful retreat to prepare for the high schoolers arrival. I must admit, I'm not a big retreat person. Okay, to be candid, I really dislike retreats--modern, youth-oriented retreats, that is. I just don't like them. I'd rather be by myself in Mass. I think, in general, that's a better way to grow in your faith.

But this whole weekend has been one stop after another of just sheer beauty, and definitely a challenge. And the challenge for the next five weeks is to remain completely present for these high school students and to give my entire self to this job. It's kind of a mega-daunting task. Until you remember it's really not about you--it's about the Holy Spirit working through you and allowing yourself to be an instrument of His peace and healing. It's about modeling the saints--who let the light of God shine through their colorful personalities, their broken humanity, and in Him they find their unique radiance.

Those who work without prayer--no matter how sincere the minister--soon dry up inside. They have nothing left to give. Or the work fails and they have no faith to sustain them, no perspective to encourage them. More importantly, real prayer changes us. Prayer delivers us from our own internal oppressions, the burdens we put on ourselves, the bitterness we carry, because it enables the inbreaking of God in our lives. 
--Sister Joahn Chittister, O.S.B

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Mass, I had a lovely visit with your mom yesterday! (Not to worry: we waited until the Mass was over.) We sat right behind your family and I was both amused & distracted by a little boy two rows ahead, who kept sticking out his tongue at your sisters in what he clearly thought was a most endearing gesture.

    You will be proud to hear that your littlest sister shook her head at him sternly.

    Still, I could see that both girls were trying hard not to smile. :)

    Enfin. Today we begin 4 full days of CVBS. You pray for us, Renée--and I will pray for you!