Sunday, March 11, 2012

disparate youth

"don't look ahead, there's stormy weather
another roadblock in our way
but if we go, we go together
our hand are tied here if we stay
[...] our lives worth fighting for" (Santigold - Disparate Youth, 2012)
wow!  i have a new favourite station on XM Satellite Radio - Sirius XM U, independent, unsigned, indie rock.  i remember when i first heard Belle & Sebastian's Sleep the Clock Around, when i was -1999 - a cool and upcoming nerd and computer programmer.  they were introduced by a fellow colleague now living in Vancouver, i think.  anywho, after listening to my Top 10, i needed something different and fell on this one!  genius.  i forgot how much i love it!

last week was jammed pack.  preparing the children in first confession, first communion, ironing out details in the IEC2012 pilgrimage, a little vocations work, and, of course, helping out a bit with the National Youth Ministry Conference, CCYMN!  the theme of the weekend was, "be still, and know that I am God."  the pastoral leadership had been meeting all week, and on Friday night, 300 youths (i think) gathered together in adoration at St. Pat's Basilica, downtown Ottawa!  it was beautiful.  lead by a beautiful reflection on being "still in the presence of God", His Grace led us deeper into the Mystery of Faith, in a personal relationship with God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist.  along with praise and worship, a bit of silence, i too was moved to my knees.  with so many things going on, so many details, it was good to slow down, to be still and be reminded that God loves me.  that is how we are different!  we believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  and He cares for each and everyone of us!

as Santigold reminds me, there will be ups and downs along our journey.  but we know we are not walking alone, and that life is worth fighting for!  we are faithful to our respective responsibilities, a la Martha, but we remember to pray first, a la Mary.  it was also great to see a couple classmates, including of course Marky Marc and the Funky Bunch, some peeps from AOLP!  good times.  with a great surprise visit from friends today, i'm ready to tackle the week.  peace.

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