Friday morning, I got in a car with 6 other Franciscan students and drove 6 hours to Notre Dame, IN. We attended a “pizza dinner” and a talk entitled “The Legacy of Muliaris Dignitatum”. I spent the rest of the evening talking in a dorm with three guy friends about theology, philosophy, and biblical epistemology. At 1 am, we decided it’d probably be beneficial to get some sleep, so I headed to the dorm where I was staying and met the girl who was hosting me. She and her roommates were so sweet, and we finally got to sleep about 3 am.
The morning dawned bright and early and I walked around the semi-frozen lake to the seminary to meet up with my friend. We ate a quick breakfast then drove over to the conference center. (Praise God for Josh’s car…. it saved us from walking across campus while dodging knee-high snow in near-zero temperatures.)
The next 8 hours were spent in some of the most amazing talks I have ever heard. They were so thought-provoking and gave me lots to chew on in the coming weeks (and months, and probably years). I will probably type up a summary so that you can maybe glean a thing or two from my plethora of notes. In the middle of the talks, I got to go to confession in the crypt of the Basilica, and at the end of the day they had a vigil Mass for Sunday.
Of course, it started snowing hard that afternoon, so the roads were getting slushy and yucky. My friend and I braved the snow and went to dinner, and spent the next 3 ½ hours sitting in Panda Express, solving all the problems of college life. And by that I mean we talked about our semesters and told random, funny, and heart-wrenching stories. That conversation also gave me lots to think about, and I think I will be pondering that one for just as long as the “official” talks from earlier in the day.
Sunday morning we left campus at 8 am and headed back to Steubenville. About 2 hours from Franciscan, we stopped at our friend’s house for lunch. Their family was beautiful and such a witness of a Catholic family.
It’s amazing what giving your time to learn about the Faith does … it seems as though my time remaining on Sunday multiplied and I didn’t fall behind in anything.
What a blessing it is to experience talks and events like this one. Our faith is truly an active one, and inspires us to constantly delve deeper and deeper into its Truths.