Thursday, July 22, 2010

Steubenville Atlanta 2010

The youth conferences that Franciscan University of Steubenville does every day keep getting better every year. The speakers and worship leaders are spot on and you can tell they have a DAILY prayer life.

So, from my notes, here is what I've gleamed.

God said "Let there be light" (the Word became flesh)
What is the word that is becoming flesh in my life?
We can see the damage & destruction that words can be
World religions did not become flesh

How many retreats did I go on for my ministry? For myself?
How are You calling me in my prayer life? Where do I need to be?
Jesus, I'm going to fight tooth and nail for you.
Exodus 14:14

Sometimes we just give something a title to excuse a sin
Live the kind of life that mirrors Jesus & they are going to pursue you
I will be held to a higher standard

Do not let dating become your identity.
Share your values.
Set physical boundaries.
Communicate physical boundaries.
Avoid temptation - listen to your soul.
Learn how to show healthy affection.
Do whatever it takes to protect chastity.

Keep the Bar high.

Purity seeks purity, sin seeks sin.
There are no shortcuts.

You have to know you. Stepping out of yourself & pursuing holiness.

Words have power. Words begin something new.

To the guys: You can be right or you can be happy.

You can be ducking the collar or habit, but He can run faster.

We should base our thoughts on God.

St Paul loved people enough to speak TRUTH.

You are more than flesh. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Reconciliation gives you a new heart. A Sacred Heart and an Immaculate Heart.

Chastity is not abstinence.

Profanity = outside of the temple.

If you are old enough to date, you are old enough to discern religious life or you are not a wo(man).

Charis = grace in greek

Eucharist means literally a blood transfusion

not lil' Jesus, DIVE deeper

Lukewarmness = devil

Lean In and Encounter JESUS

Not "lil' Jesus in my life" but "Here's my life, where do I fit in?"

This Temple is Safeguarded.

If you're not a man after His heart, you're not going to get mine

Don't walk, RUN back to grace.

If you think God can't rebuilld your temple in 3 days, your God is too small.

You don't know who you are until you know Whose you are.
A woman's identity comes from her father.
What does a woman's heart look like?
- tender yet strong
- has feelings but not emotional
- receives heart and gives love
- beauty

When a woman's heart fades, a society fails.

Doesn't matter what kind of alligator has you by the legs; your DAD has you by the arms and WILL NOT LET GO!

God's pursuance of me is bigger than my refusal of Him.

Physical Chastity
Spiritual Chastity
Mental Chastity
Emotional Chastity

Saying NO to this has bigger Yes later.

We settle in our relationships.
- friendships or dating
- respect your dignity.

Each of our beauty has different wrapping paper.

Its hard to see through situations. To see through the veil to reality.

You can sit at the feet of Jesus & still be anxious and worried about many things. (Luke 10:38-42)

You can be at peace in your busy life.

Word becomes flesh in your daily life.

You were born in Christ & that is who you are.

PRAY in every situation.

Be a people of Prayer.

The only way to pray is to start.

Scripture destroys destructive words.
Stay in community.
Confession once a month and go to Mass!

Lastly, I leave one of the many videos captured at Steubenville Atlanta. This one was on Sunday morning before Mass. Paul George our emcee called all the speakers and worship leaders onstage and asked them to share one thought to summarize all that had taken place in the weekend.

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