The following reflection is a collection of short experiences by five young adults. These are daily experiences of the Lord entering into their lives unannounced bringing with him, his healing and his peace.
"A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the car on the way back home from the St. Louis Zoo, saying my daily prayers, thanking God for his beautiful and wondrous creation because the animals there were so precious. I heard and felt God in my mind and heart say, “But you do you not think that about yourself?”. Each one of us is a distinct part of God’s creation. We are beautifully and wonderfully made."
"I hadn’t been receiving communion for several months because I just felt unworthy. I felt like everything I did was wrong, big or small, it was just bad. I still went to mass though, receiving what graces I could. I would participate in the mass, only not receiving communion. One evening, I went up to receive our Lord and crossed my arms on my chest to receive a blessing. The Eucharistic minister issued kind words. And with a soft smile, she added, “The Body of Christ is waiting for you.” My sister was behind me, also receiving a blessing; the lady hadn’t said those words to her. When we got back to the pew, my sister was just smiling teary-eyed at me. I was confused, but then it dawned on me. Get yourself to confession. Get help. Don’t beat yourself up for it. The priest has heard this sort of thing before. Don’t be afraid of confession. The priest isn’t there to judge you. He is there to absolve you, to help you, and to guide you. God wants you to receive Him. You’re not the only one. You’re not alone. You are worthy. You are worthy to receive it."
"Christ is everywhere and most of the time I see him in nature, more specifically in the stars. I love being outside, looking up and witnessing the beauty of Christ’s handiwork. Each and every star was uniquely crafted by hand with a purpose that many of us will never know.
"I saw Christ this week when reflecting on my best friend. Over the past month, God has revealed a lot to her. She has trusted his process every step of the way. I am so proud of her humility and trust in the Lord’s will for her life.
"Before the last retreat I attended, that was just about a month ago, I remember feeling a fear I had not experienced in a while. It was going to be a huge group of people around my age, I only truly knew about five people, and I was not told the events of the weekend. Growing up as someone who had severe social anxiety and difficulties applying myself, this was a weekend I dreaded.
"One night during praise & worship in the chapel with my youth minister, Amy, I had a beautiful experience with the Lord. The whole time I felt like I was floating and like every time I sang out, I was getting closer and closer to Heaven and the real presence of Jesus. I was able to actually sing in the Spirit, it was almost like the Holy Spirit was singing through and for me so that I could let go and simply focus on feeling the Lord's presence in my soul. I felt so peaceful and heavy. God is good!"