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. The first post can be found here. The final post will occur December 8. (Consider adding photograph(s) from your own group!)
Dear NCYC friends,
Every time I go away for a retreat, work camp, or a conference like NCYC, I am always watchful for where God is going to show up… and it happened for me and many others during Eucharistic Adoration on Friday night.
Mark Hart introduced our time of silence and prayer by encouraging us You have to be willing to let God love you tonight. He contextualized our prayer reminding us We don’t look to Christ for an answer, we look to Christ for THE answer.
NCYC reminds us that we are not alone… and this moment especially speaks this to us… without a word, without a sound. The message and music surrounding Adoration are profound… but the commitment of 22,000 towards silence for themselves, for each other, for the Lord is actually deafening, Fr. Louis claimed that Even the decibels bowed to Jesus.
And God was there. But, after the conference, we should claim that yes, we find God at retreats, work camps, or conferences like NCUC, but we also find God in all moments. Here YOU are, Lord. We just have to be attentive to the (omni)presence of our Creator. Chris Padgett suggested it in earlier on Friday: When you want what God wants it will happen. Carolyn Woo suggested the same Saturday morning God is not far away if you let love be your driving force.
This note serves as a reminder for you to make a habit out of prayer. Mark Hart told us When earth calls to heaven, heaven responds. Trust in the Lord. If there’s any promise I’m going to believe in, insisted Carolyn Woo, it’s God’s promise.
Prayerfully consider and reflect on these questions:
- At the conference, you prayerfully sang Here I am over and over. Where are you right now… really?
- Look around at your day, where was God present?
- Pope Benedict XVI once reminded young people that prayer includes listening. What he asked, is God whispering to you?”