"If you are what you should be, then you will set the world on fire."
- St. Catherine of Siena
7 Long years in the Youth Group Ministry at St. John Vianney and it has finally come to an end. If i can sum up this remarkable experience it would be "WHOA". These past 7 years of my life have been the most precious and life altering. I have to admit, Jesus ruined my life. He ruined my life so much he left a scar of God's love in my heart. I have been privileged to work with some amazing young people, who are striving for a better and closer relationship with the Lord. I could not even fathom to count the day to day blessings I encountered with these amazing people.
As for myself, being a leader has opened up my eyes to experience the Youth of this society in a new light. In the midst of losing my self in this service of others, i was able to find myself in the midst of the teens. I would lose myself in the service of the poor, the homeless, the forgotten, the empty, the anorexic, the abused child, the kid who lost his mother, the teen who got pregnant, the son who has to watch his father beat his mother, the daughter who just wants her mother to get off drugs and alcohol, and the worst of all, the unloved. You see by being in the midst of the struggle, I had to join the struggle. By joining the struggle, I joined Jesus on the Cross. It was being crucified that meant, first i was facing one direction, second i am not going back and third i have no further plans of my own.
Its simple, i would have never experienced the true meaning of joy if i did not join people in their struggles. Besides, a life of J.O.Y is JESUS FIRST, OTHERS SECOND AND YOURSELF THIRD. It was in the struggles that i was able to touch the wounds of Jesus and become a believer. In conclusion, I would like to thank all the teens i have met throughout these 7 years of my life and thank you for showing me the way to the Cross. I would also like to thank my fellow leaders for keeping me on my feet and joining me in my struggles. It was in the midst of all this that I found Jesus, our Eucharistic Love. Please pray for me and my commitment to God, because the devil knows, if he can get the Shepard he can get the sheep, if he can get the leaders, he can get the followers.