Saturday, July 24, 2010

What are you hungry for?

What are you hungry for?

Twenty three students from our Marianist schools traveled to the Life Teen Leadership Conference in Atchison, Kansas last month looking for Jesus. There were over 400 other youth from around the United States looking for Jesus the same week.

What we found at Benedictine College filled us far more than we ever imagined. Each day we filled our souls with Scriptures that offered plenty of guidance on such things. We learned that Jesus didn’t come to perfect our lives; He came to lay down His life and take it back up again. When we come to Jesus, and for Jesus, we receive Jesus. When our souls are fed and filled by the work of Jesus, we may still go through difficult times. But one thing we will never, ever be is — empty.

Furthermore, when we fill ourselves with Jesus, we find that many of our other cravings in life, such as a need for purpose and meaning, become satisfied, freeing us to view the issues that affect our day-to-day lives with contented eyes and an eternal perspective.

So, one last time: What are you hungry for? It’s a great question. It’s a question that goes beyond what you do to quench a midday craving. It’s a question that — if you allow it — tugs at much deeper drives and desires. May we feast on the Food that offers true sustenance for our souls. May we follow Jesus not so that he can meet our needs but rather knowing that he is all we need.

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Pray for the Canonization of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

"Never, do I think, have I so ardently prayed for you to the Blessed Virgin, as ever since the time that I know you to be ensnared in the toils of self-love and of Mary’s enemy who is ever alert to fan it and to justify it by all manner of illusions. Watch and pray."
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade