This last weekend, I got the joy, honor, and privilege of leading the Freshman Connections retreat. I spent a little over 24 hours with a group of 19 or so Freshman, 5 other leaders, and our University Ministry Pr Staff/Retreat Director. It was an awesome experience, with lots of prayer, talks, and opportunity for growth. I spent a good amount of the retreat crying, which is how I know that it was so good.
I am exhausted, as today was also my mother’s birthday, so I can’t say I’m going to write very much, but I would like to share a quote from Thomas Merton, one of my favorite writers, that I shared with some of my retreatants near the end of the retreat.
“We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, nut because of what it enables us to give to others.”
-Thomas Merton (No Man Is an Island, New York: Harcourt, Jovanovich Brace, 1955)
Very, very much peace!