Monthly Archives: August 2010

High School Retreat Reflections……..

2010 Sacred Heart Catholic High (Ville Platte, LA) Senior Retreat – 8/21/10 – Acadian Baptist Center in Richard, LA

Kinda ironic that a Catholic retreat is held at a Baptist center?  Anyhoo, here’s some reflections and notes.

What does the Bible say about prayer?

*Be persistent – Luke 11:5-13       *Pray Always – Luke 18:2

*Be Humble – Luke 18:10

What do I say when I pray?

*Remember, you are talking to your best friend!     *He already knows what you want –  he’s God!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”

–Matthew 5:16–

3 things needed to be a good leader

1) Desire   2)Knowledge   3)Action

+++Just had a good talk w/Anne-Christian Heinen. She’s a lay consecrated. I picked her brain about the “lay” aspect of her vocation. It was amazing to know that there are people out there who recognize the need for laypeople to be holy. As my departure for missions draws near, this passion for a holy laity excites me even more. I think it’s because I really feel like missions will give me the grace and tools I need to be a holy lay person. My hope is that it also give me the grace to help other lay people be holy as well. And as one who aspires to the vocation of marriage, I think that learning about holiness of laity will help me to better discern the journey and growth into that vocation.

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Turning the corner, things are gonna be different now

Thursday – August 12, 2010 – Noon @ Coffeeworld on Doucet Rd. – Lafayette, LA

*Verse of the day: “And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” –1 Corinthians 2:3-5–

*I don’t think it’s a coincidence at all that I’m starting a new journal @ a most pivotal point in my life. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, let me remind you that I’m going into foreign missions. Leaving all of my friends, family, pets, hobbies, in short, everything that is familiar and comfortable to me. Yet, as big of a change as this is, I’m ready for it. I’ve been praying and waiting for so long now, it’s almost here! It has been well worth the wait. Earlier this week, I was telling a friend of mine that my journey into missions feels like I’m “turning the corner” to something new and great in my life.

Years from now, as I look back on this transition into missions, I think it will be remembered as one of the defining moments. Things are definitely gonna be different, and I can’t wait! 🙂 What’s even crazier is that as excited as I am about what’s going to be happening, it still hasn’t totally hit me yet. It’s dawned on me daily, bit by bit, as I pack up and move out a box here and there, or when I start thinking about all the things that will change. However, I don’t think it will really start to hit me until Intake starts. Beyond that, I think it will finally settle in once I’m in  foreign missions. Until then, I’m content with the “bits & pieces” of glory that God is revealing to me.

I just hope and pray that in my absence God would abundantly bless and heal my family and my friends. I continue to pray that God would open and close doors for me and to trust that he will provide. Another prayer that I ask you to offer up as well, are for my fellow Intake missionaries. Some of them are experiencing significant resistance from family and friends. Pray for their hearts to be touched by God’s grace. Please also pray that their financial obstacles to coming to Intake would be removed. Lord Jesus, I thank you and I praise  you for all the ways you bless me. Please hold my friends and loved ones close to your heart and bring them the healing that they need. Amen.

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Peace through presence (part 2)

Entry subtitle: God speaks to my heart through Scripture

8-7-10 (cont-d)

I thought the previous page would be my only entry today. When I finished, I really felt God calling me to read Scripture, specifically the prophet Isaiah. When I grabbed the Bible off the stand however, it was opened up to Proverbs 31, the passage about “The Ideal Wife”. As someone who aspires to the vocation of marriage, this made me happy and struck a chord in my heart. Here are a few verses from that passage that stood out: “When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. Her husband is prominent at the city gates as he sits with the elders of the land. She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel. Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her: ‘Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.’ Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates.” –Proverbs 31: 10-12, 23, 25-26, 28-31–

Isn’t it amazing how God speaks to us through his Word? And not just in a generic one-size-fits-all sort of way. He speaks specifically to our hearts: to our hopes, dreams, and desires. It’s moments like this that make me wish that I was already in the habit of reading Scripture as part of my personal prayer life. Reading God’s Word while I’m face to face with The Living Word, makes it even more amazing. St. Jerome once said “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Jesus, I don’t want to be ignorant of you. I want as much of you as I can possibly get.

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Peace through presence

Saturday 8/7/10 – 7:00am @ First Saturday Adoration @ Our Lady of Wisdom @ UL

Imagine yourself on a secluded tropical beach. For miles around, you see nothing but beach with palm trees gently waving in the breeze. You feel the sunshine and the breeze on your face, and you hear the rhythmic lapping of the water and gentle crashing of the waves. Or, imagine yourself sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon at sunset. Again, there’s no one for miles around. All you see through the crystal clear air is nature’s beauty. All you hear is nothing, a whole lot of nothing. If “peace and quiet” had a distinct sound, this would be it. And if I had to try to put into words what it felt like to be in adoration, in quite literally the physical presence of Jesus, that’s how I would describe it. There’s this overwhelming sense of peace. Peace that I’ve never felt anywhere else or with anyone else…..

Later this morning I’ll be heading over to The Cathedral for our Confirmation retreat. Last night was amazing and the kids responded really well. Today should be a very fun, informative, and blessed day. Then tomorrow all of us on Coreteam and all the teens at the retreat will be going to 6pm Mass. I really feel like God has not only given me the grace to be holy for the kids this weekend, but that through adoration Thurs. night, yesterday, and today, he’s also given me some amazing prayer time to lift up our teens. My hope is that a seed of faith is planted in them this weekend, and that it blooms into a tree that bears much fruit exactly when they need it. Praise You Lord for your goodness! Help us to love others and bless them in charity!

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