ST. THERESA ALUMNI ATTEND ONE BREAD, ONE CUP --LITURGICAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
+++SECOND DAY UPDATES+++Thurs., June 27th+++
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Mr. Todd Holsapple, parent and participant continues to tell us about DAY 2 (be sure to at least read 3rd and 4th paragraph):
Day 2 (sorry for the length but it was a day packed with events)
This is the first full day here at One Bread, One Cup (OBOC), and it began at 7:00am with breakfast (some people get up for a "fun run" or "morning madness basketball" at 6:00am, but none of our group made it to either event this morning. After breakfast, Stations of the Cross were being prayed in the chapel followed by Morning Prayer. Soon after, our first major talk of the day was given by Fr. Godfrey Mullen, who presented on the first of our three main topics of the week-WORD.
Fr. Godfrey's talk on "word" was very inspiring and seemed to be received very well. He asks questions of the group and offers pieces of candy (sometimes directed at their heads) for people stepping up and speaking out. We talked about God's love for us, and how to recognize when He is speaking to us or when we are being called to action.
One of the things that I know I forget, and I am sure many other people do, is that God speaks to us in silent whispers most of time. Too often we find ourselves looking for a sign that resembles an earthquake, tornado, lightning, or even a strong feeling of joy or certainty. When we are looking for these signs, we are more than likely missing God talking to us because we were looking up for the huge sign, and all we had to do was look right in front of us. God is all-powerful but that does not mean that He is not subtle.
Another thing I was reminded of is we miss God talking when we do not take the time to listen. The closer we are to God, the easier it will be to not only hear Him, but also to put into action what we may be called to do. Sometimes we are called to do things that we do not do because it doesn't "feel" right. Being close to God cannot only alleviate any fears that may exist, but it can also help shed a light on our bigger purpose. Some people are called to do big things and some people are called to do smaller things but the SIZE of the act has nothing to do with the IMPORTANCE of the act.
After a short break, Fr. Brendan presented on Lectio Divina, and it also was very powerful and informative. For those of you who may not know what it is you could go on Tuesday evenings with Sister Mary Catherine and learn about this powerful way to incorporate the Sacred Scriptures into your prayer life (shameless plug was free, Sister!). Basically it is a Benedictine method of talking and listening to God by using the "4 R's" - Read, Reflect, Respond, and Receive.
Lunch was followed by the youth breaking up into their TRG (Theological Reflection Groups) groups and then into the groups that they chose an area of interest in (prayer, music, and Extraordinary Ministers). Another Mass in the mid-afternoon preceded a very interesting and fun evening for them. It began with a t-shirt exchange where anyone can bring shirts and trade with others, and it was immediately followed by an ice cream social with all of the monks! All of the kids (me included) were fascinated by the monks and had opportunities to talk, ask questions, or just stare in awe at a group of amazing men who live a life that is so different than what we are used to seeing.
Finally, the evening closed with a "crazy hat dance" where there was music, dancing, and a wide variety of very interesting hats that the kids were told to bring from home. I was ready to crash after this and did, however they still had a couple more small group discussions before retiring at 11:00pm. Time for bed to ready ourselves for another big day tomorrow!
Pictures and some video from Day 1 can be found at: