Oh, maaaaaan, Rise Up. I have no words to express who amazing it was to worship and grow and learn and experience and witness God’s love this past week. Five days of non-stop laughs, aha-moments and epiphanies of how amazing God’s plan is for me. I was so touched at the kindness of all the people I met, how so many Catholics aren’t afraid to be missionaries.
To hear Matt Fradd speak again was incredible. He’s such an engaging and riveting speaker, not to mention a fantastic Aussie accent. But his message was so clear – God is so good to us, he is willing to shower us with his mercy at any time. We just have to ask for it.
Really though, every session was amazing. Jake Khym made a great analogy to orphans, how they grasp for God’s love but since we are his children, we need only ask and wait. God will reveal himself to us in His own time and it’s up to us to really put our faith to the test. I was so inspired by his witness and the love he has for his wife and children.
So many amazing speakers, so many great workshops. I attended two workshops, one on marriage and the other on cohabitation. At the marriage workshop, we had a go at speed dating. Who even DOES that anymore?!?! It was so fun and so authentic; we asked questions like “What virtues do you look for in a partner?” or “Have you discerned for religious life or is marriage your default because you are afraid to discern for it?” And I learned so much of the temptations and evils of cohabitation that can almost guarantee a relationship’s doom. It was shocking, real yet I knew everything to be true and I am worried for those couples who choose to live together before making a real and permanent commitment to each other.
And I made such wonderful friends! This Rise Up conference truly would not have been as fun without these three sisters as my roommates!! Sharing our waking moments and sleepy moments, they really took all my hunger pains in stride. Opening up to them and sharing our struggles was definitely a highlight and I can’t wait to room again with them in Montreal!!!! (More Taylor Swift dance parties, plz.)
S/O to ND who seriously makes me laugh every second of every day. I am so thankful that I was able to get to know and grow with this sister, she’s a keeper!
And all my love to this one, RR, who first introduced me to CCO which led to the best decision of my life – to place Jesus at the centre of my life.
Ultimately, I am so hopeful for the future and I am at peace that my life rests in God’s knowing hands. I know that He will continue to make me brave as I hold on to Him alone. I look forward to this summer, to be His hands and feet on mission as we revive this generation.