Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/03/29

Lifeteen Conference and moving

LifeTeen European Conference

This was a truly blessed, needed, wonderful weekend.  We went over to the Netherlands for a LifeTeen conference at an abbey there that was also a school that sort of catered to future priests.  It is called the Conference Hotel Rolduc, in Kerkrade. There were over a hundred people there from Spain, Ireland, Holland, Italy, England, Germany, and I am sure I’m forgetting some other countries.  Also a LifeTeen crew from HQ (Randy R, Kevin H., and Jackie F.), and Stephen  from Hiawasee.  We had Mass in a church that was over 1000 years old that had a saint entombed there still.  And of course, music firmly in this century by the fantastic Jackie Francois.    AWESOME!!!!! We all agreed though that we were out of practice on a retreat’s crazy schedule.

I think my favorite workshops were the two on ministering to young women and on Theology of the Body, led by Jackie.  One thing the two had in common was the need to acknowledge our own self-worth, not in an arrogant or ungodly way, but in the way that since God has created us (and actually, He saved the best for last – check your Bible), He thinks we are beautiful just the way we are.  I think that this is what so many young – and not so young women – tend to forget, including me.  It is so easy also to fall for those lines…you know, the “Hey, what is a beautiful girl like you doing in a place like this?”.  Too easy to fall for those superficial “I love you” from guys who just don’t know you or themselves in Christ well enough to truly love anyone else.  If we want to fully love others, in a totally selfless way, we have to start by fully and selflessly loving God and following the path He has in mind for us.

It was a great weekend, and felt like a little of Covecrest was temporarily in Europe.  It was affirmed through Adoration and feedback that we are doing the right thing in our mission by listening intently first, getting into the community fully, and showing what a Catholic family looks like.  Truly wonderful, truly blessed., truly what we needed before moving into the mission house.  Quick update – No one has killed each other yet, and it is amazing how quick moving is for a missionary family once we pare the possessions down 😉  I will try to post pictures once we find a USB cable for Chris’ camera.

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