Updated: Aug 10, 2022
What stood out to me at the Convocation was the amount of Joy there was in the people attending and the wanting and willingness to hear the words of the Holy Spirit.
During Adoration the first night, I was visited with an image of Jesus directing traffic. I know that sounds crazy because Jesus is definitely above the paygrade of road construction traffic control. That image stayed with me and through our discussion questions with my group and a dream I had the last night, it all came together. The image that came to me during Adoration was for me NOT to detour what I was doing on developing and growing my relationship with God but to continue and to also GET OUT OF THE WAY of the Holy Spirit because there was work to be done on me, with me and with others. What and where Jesus was trying to tell me is that the Holy Spirit was like a Mack Truck carrying an oversized load and it was the Holy Spirit. So unless I got out of the way, I may get run over so be aware, open my eyes, my ears and heart to all the works and gifts from the Holy Spirit.
Yes, When I was sharing my experience with Adoration, it was a funny story. Then as the days moved forward, we were seeing a theme with others in our group that we could be an obstacle to others’ participation and involvement in particular ministries at their parish and then it seemed that we were all telling each other to get out of the way of the Holy Spirit and allow others to participate fully. It was a common theme that our call to be missionary disciples was to live our faith and invite others to participate, to have open conversations whether one-on-one conversations or in a group setting. Once we have those conversations and actually invite others to learn more or participate in a specific event or ministry, we need to step aside and allow them to receive some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit too. I cannot selfishly keep that to myself.
Since being at the Convocation, it is amazing how many opportunities have been presented to me. Opportunities to pray for them, to share experiences with them and see God’s work in their lives and to share my Catholic Faith AND since being at the Convocation, I have been willing to share more than I normally do and have been taking a stand for them and for me.
Regina S., Sacred Heart, Fruita
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