Monday, 30 June 2008

Legion of Mary Youth Conference

I am embarrassed again to see that it has been more than a month since my last post... also the event I have been intending to post about has already been over for more than a week...

Anyhow, I just want to make a short remark about the Legion of Mary Youth Conference in All Hallows lat weekend. I have attended this conference for the last few years, and every year come away with great joy. This year I was only able to be there on the Saturday, as we had a Dominican Ordination on Sunday down in county Wexford. It was great to see so many familiar faces, and there was hardly a time in the day that I wasn't trying to catch up with somebody or to make some new friends... really great to see so many young people together!

I just want to make a quick remark about the address Bishop Seamus Freeman from Ossory at the start of the conference, which is exactly in my street as he stressed the importance of prayer if we are talking about evangelising. He said it is very important that we pray together and are a community in that way, like we did when we started the day by praying the Rosary together.
Also he stressed that evangelising has be focused on the crisis in the family, and the "attach" the family is under these days. He said that if the family table is empty the Eucharistic table is empty as well.
Both those points, among other inspiring points, really resonated with me. First off all I am a very strong believer of the importance of prayer. I have seen it with the work I did with the Legion of Mary that if our prayer lives slack, the "result" of our works quickly follow. "Unless the Lord builds the house,those who build it labor in vain" (Psalm 127), so we better keep the Lord involved in building the house!
Also, the core of Christianity is the family. It is important that modern society realised that the family is the core of our society. The family is living in a way which is in some kind of way an imitation of the life of the Trinity. When the family breaks down eventually so will society, as I think we can start to see around us. We have to always stress the importance of the family, and this can be in any way of life we are living, at work, in college or with friends... Indeed I think the Bishop is right that we have to start to put more attention to promoting the family.
Evangelising is often seen as converting people by directly confronting people with the message of God, but it is also helping people to actually life the message, because it is only in living the message that we are really converted.

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