Then Mordecai said: ‘This is the Work of God. I recall the dream I had about these very things and not a single detail has been unfulfilled.” ~ EST F:1
Over this past month, July 2017, I have witnessed many different aspects of God interacting with His people. As a Youth Minister, I walked with a group of teenagers on a six-day mission trip to Kewaskum, WI, and served the elderly suffering from loneliness in a nursing home, spending time and listening to the wisdom of their life experiences; all their joys and sufferings. In our work with the elderly, I felt like I was on a spiritual seesaw. As we alleviated the pain of loneliness, we lifted them up, and they in turn lifted us up by pouring out a treasure of wisdom into our souls. It was a profound Christ-centered exchange for all of us involved.
My final adventure this month was leading a group of teens to the Steubenville Youth Conference in St. Paul, MN. The power of the Holy Spirit was unleashed on 1900 young people as they prayed with heartfelt devotion was inspiring and uplifting. I watched as the lives of young people were transformed and a fresh hope filled my heart knowing that the Catholic Church has a bright future filled with zeal.
As I look back on the different ways I’ve encountered Christ and His Church this month, I’ve gained wisdom through serving the needs of others, experienced heavenly joy, and helped build up the future of the Catholic Church. These action-packed weeks have made a deep and profound impact on my spirituality, helped me become a better man and minister in the Church, and filled me with an immense sense of gratitude to God for these many summer signs and wonders He has worked in my life.