Thursday, August 26, 2010

CCM Cookout Recap

The Welcome Back Cookout was great last night! We had close to a hundred people there and Fr. Scott Thomas did not disappoint with his speech! First class all the way!

To reiterate Fr. Scott's words, he encouraged the Catholic students at Ole Miss to get involved and stay involved with CCM and through regular Mass attendance. Our relationship with Christ and his Church is at a critical point during the college years and, whether we realize it or not, we need all the spiritual support and growth that we can get during these important years. Our time in college is preparation for the rest of our lives and we need to make sure that we don't shortchange ourselves by going light on our spiritual formation.

My challenge to Catholic students echoed his. It was threefold: 1) Get and stay active in the various CCM activities b/c they're designed to reenforce your Catholic faith and your Catholic identity; 2) Stay committed to regularly attending Mass - the sacrament of the Eucharist is quite literally the spiritual food we need to survive as Christians, it is an amazing gift from God - our "soul food"; and 3) Pray - the more you practice prayer, the better you'll become. Pray for God's guidance for yourself and pray for others. And please pray for our priests like Fr. Joe and Fr. Scott and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood among the men of our diocese.