Monday, June 22, 2015

I came so that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.

Another weekend gone, and another Monday without a Sunday homily from me.

This weekend I traveled with some of the youth of our parish to Steubenville of the Rockies in Denver. The Steubenville youth conferences are inspired by Franciscan University of Steubenville and hosted at various locations around the country. We took six kids to the conference of 2,500 youth and had a wonderful time. The theme was "limitless," based on Jesus's words in John 10:10 that he came that we might have abundant (limitless) life.
Our six kids and two chaperones.
Notice the sleep-deprived, forced smiles.
We were blessed to hear excellent presenters speak to us about the core of the Gospel message and the realities of life: God is real, he actually knows you and cares for you, Satan is real, he knows you, hates you, and lies to you daily. We were challenged to let the Holy Spirit be a real and active Person in our lives. We got to go to confession (I got to hear over four hours of confessions). We got to go to adoration. We got to go to Mass. We got to go to Mooyah's on the way home, a very fun burger-and-shake restaurant.

On a personal note, the conference ended up being a bit of a mini class reunion for me, too. A couple of former classmates were there, including Fr. Carson Krittenbrink who I haven't seen since we graduated from seminary a year ago. It was truly a joy to catch up.
Fr. Carson of Oklahoma City, Fr. Jason of Denver, and myself
Also present were two other Wyoming parishes: St. Matthew's in Gillette and St. Barbara's in Powell. Because lack of communication is the perpetual curse of humanity, we were all surprised to see each other. We managed to gather everyone for one group shot.
Youth from Gillette, Powell, and Sheridan with their leaders
The weekend was a true joy for all of us. I think the kids got to encounter our loving God in a way they haven't before. Through hours together on the road, heartfelt conversations, and impromptu song sessions (NOT us singing in the link), we also got to know each other in the true joy of Christ. Hopefully this is a trip we will continue for years to come.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like this trip was a blessing for many! :)