She won three Emmy awards for such home-spun wisdom and remedies.
I'm being granted a different therapy for these precious days between spring fever and the summer doldrums. I will be gone part of next week with the youth at Extreme Faith Camp. There I will be in close contact with the classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water. I also will be up close with one of the greatest untamed forces of the universe – teenagers.
I often tell the members of our staff that work with youth that they have the hardest job in the church, but it is also arguably the most important work and potentially the most rewarding.
So for a while I will trade in my computer screen for sun-screen. There will be paddles, bugs, itchy weeds, and ropes, I’m sure. But wait, there’s s’more. There will be Mass, Confession, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Parents often wonder what they can do to keep their children from falling away from the faith. I’m convinced that the best thing is just to bring them to Jesus and Jesus will do the rest.
So off we go. I confess that I have not yet read “Laudato Si” – the Pope’s new encyclical on the environment. Maybe I will bring it along and reflect on it in the great outdoors.
Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support for youth ministry at Nativity of Mary. I pray that we can intensify our efforts to let the young people know how much we love them and, more profoundly, to let them know how much God loves them.