Join us this Friday for an incredible night where we reenact the passion of our Lord through the Living Stations. The night will be followed by Adoration and praise and worship led by Eric Wilkes! It will truly be an incredible night and a wonderful way to go deeper this Lenten Season!
We are Restored! and the Season of Lent!
Last weekend we wrapped up an incredible weekend at Lumen Christi Center in Houma, LA. The teens and adults weren't sure what to expect but we were all confident that the Lord was going to work, and He did! A weekend filled with laughter, singing, games, talks, and of course being in Jesus presence in Adoration and Mass! We came together to discuss who we are, what we are created for, our wounds and brokenness and how God is the ultimate healer and wants to restore us. We spoke about the lies that the world and satan feed us and how to go to Truth itself, God, to set you free from these lies. We even had hours of silence, in order for us to disconnect from the busy, noisy world and truly enter into prayer. At this time we encouraged the teens to think about what areas of their lives they need to work on, if there is anyone they still need to forgive. We wanted them to think about who they truly are and to ask the Lord to shed truth to all of these areas. It is in the silence that the Lord truly speaks to our heart. He is constantly trying to speak to us, to love on us, but we are the ones that need to say yes and to allow our physician to work! We are redeemed by his grace and claimed by his Love! Through out the weekend it was incredible to see the Lord moving in the hearts of each person there. Especially in adoration when Fr. David placed Jesus in front of each person, It was incredible to see each heart be transformed in the presence of our Savior. To see the Holy Spirit move in each of our hearts. The Lord has restored us, we need to be confident and know that we are Loved, that we are Worthy, we are Beautiful and filled with His Hope! Now it is our task to go out and live out what we have learned, first in our own homes. Opening up to our parents and siblings, praying with them and speaking truth into each of their hearts as well. No matter how old we are, we will always need God's truth to resonate in our hearts.
As this season of Lent continues we need to remember, first that it is not over! Blessed John Paul II (Soon to be Saint on April 27!!!) says, " Lent is the time for entering into oneself. It is the period of the particular intimacy with God in the secrecy of one's own heart and conscience.... Lent is essentially an invitation to conversion!". So often we get so caught up with the business of life or we focus to much on not eating sweets that we loose sight of what this season is all about. A time to stop, a time to pray, a time for change. I want you to know it's not too late to make this happen. Stop and think of where your life is, how is your relationship with God? Then think how can you make it better. The most important thing to think about is... Is the Lord truly at the center of my life? Am I truly trusting him and surrendering every aspect of my life to him? Because only by doing this will be truly be happy. When God is at the center, he will give you the desires of your heart because they will be His desires, and thats the best kind. To be in unison with God and for him to be able to show us the perfect plan he has in store for us. The plan that will give us true joy and happiness. So I challenge each of you, myself included, to dive in as we enter into Holy Week. Go to daily Mass, spend time in Adoration, Fast, or if you can't do any of those, take some time and truly invite the Lord to come into your heart! May each of us truly dive into his Most Sacred Heart, into His passion. May we be comforted by his love and mercy. May we be reminded by every cross that we see, that he did all of that for love of each and every one of us! He is always by our side, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.