Posted by: gotjukies | December 9, 2008

Recollection / Lock-In 2008 Wrapup

What a spiritually and physically exhausting weekend!

It was a blast anyway you look at it. From running amok looking for hidden clues and riddles throughout the church & school campus, to spending time in deep reflection and prayer in The LoFT’s prayer corner, RYM’s first recollection and lock-in was full of special opportunities that many students seized. On one hand, students had the opportunity to reflect and clear their minds in the spirit of Advent after guest speaker Fr. Vincent shared his parable of the pencil. In the parable, we are reminded that:

[1] You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. (God, the creator, always holds us in his hand lovingly)

[2] You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil. (Pain, suffering, trials, tests, etc.)

[3] You will be able to correct mistakes you will make. (The eraser of course!)

[4] The most important part of you will always be what’s inside. (Graphite)

[5] On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write. (We are called to share our gifts and talents)

On the other hand, students had the opportunity to spend quality time with each other resulting in stronger friendships and lasting memories. It was wonderful to see everyone uniting in their commonalities while celebrating the differences that each bring to the group. Laughs were shared during video game battles, piano “karaoke”, an indoor soccer challenge, a Cranium battle royale, and the late night conversations that trailed off into sleep.

Thanks to everyone who made the event possible. Special thanks to Fr. Vincent for speaking and Patrick’s mother for helping to chaperone.

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