Monday, April 12, 2010

EASTER JOY: Marianist Musings

This first in a series of student reflections from the Life Teen Leadership Conference last summer. Over 500 young men and women from around the country gathered together to learn and express their faith.

“Overall the week at the Life Teen Leadership Conference was one of the most positive experiences of my life. Never before has God's presence become evident in my life, and I feel that we have a greater connection now. At first I didn't know what to make of the trip, but as the time went on, and we started to get to know each other, I really didn't want to leave. The atmosphere was positive, and everyone was overtaken with God that I didn't how to react. I really liked the songs and the music, it was fun to express my faith in different ways. I also liked Reconciliation because it reassured me that God never stops loving us. Lastly, I really liked the Adoration.  It was a breathtaking experience that will help me pray for the rest of my life. After coming home my family and I have committed to praying before meals and going to Mass regularly. On the personal level, I have decided to make God present in everything that I do because of this week I know He is always there for us, but we have to choose to make Him present to really feel him. Also, I have decided to try to donate time to others rather than just myself. This great opportunity at the Life Teen Leadership Conference left a permanent mark on my faith and will influence not only my religious life but everything that comes around it.”
Matt Woop