NCYC – Here I Am

This is part of a three week set of posts designed as materials worth sharing with NCYC participants.   Let’s not leave “the mountaintop” without engaging in some follow-up in anticipation of young people being transfigured.  Next post will occur December 1.  (Consider adding photograph(s) from your own group!)

Dear NCYC friends,

Last Friday morning, Chris Padgett reminded us about the Blessed Mother, Mary ever Virgin.   But he also spent considerable time taking about himself and a rather imperfect human being.  While doing that, he reminded us of how hard we try to hide our imperfections, our flaws. What will happen when you will allow yourself to be fully seen? he wondered. What does it mean to be seen when all we do is be plastic & pretend?

The challenge of it all is that To be seen by another makes us uncomfortable. We’ve learned it’s not safe to be ourselves claimed Padgett.

We spend far too much time focusing on our shortcomings and failures.  Fr. Leo Patalinghug offered some basic self-defense tactics towards living a more holier life
A = avoid
B = Bypass sin
C = Control your reactions.
D = destroy evil with beauty and truth!

Before the closing Mass, Dr. Bob McCarty reminded us all that You are genuinely loved – you belong to a church that loves you. Even more so, Bob claimed that God has plans for some of you to change the world and encouraged us to Accept being a disciple of Christ.

In this Thanksgiving week, accept the Good News given to you at NCYC about yourself.  Stand and claim Here I am Lord / Aqui Estoy Senor.

Prayerfully consider and reflect on these questions:

  1. You prayerfully sang Here I am over and over. Where are you right now… really?
  2. You are genuinely loved. Where are you experiencing that right now?
  3. In many ways, Mary was a young person just like you who had her own life with challenges. Are you ready to offer a similar Yes to the will of the Lord?

 

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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