It was my pleasure and privilege to spend the weekend on Cedar Cliff lake with nine WCU students on retreat. We were joined by Fr. Shawn O'Neal from St. Joseph's Parish in Bryson City for half the day on Saturday. It was a relaxing time of learning about God's mercy and forgiveness, His love for us, and the importance of being able to forgive others in our lives. It was also a great time of bonding and fellowship. Thanks to all the students who worked hard to make it a success, especially our Peer Ministry Council members. And thanks to all of those who attended for being open to the Spirit and participating in our retreat.
Today: We are doing some "Spring Cleaning" at the Catholic Student Center today. It's an ongoing effort with lots to do inside and out. If you have any free time between classes please drop by and lend a hand!
Tonight at 7pm will be Part II of St. Mary's Parish Mission, with a prayer service led by Franciscan Friar John Anglin. The theme tonight will be mercy and forgiveness, with an opportunity for confession after the prayer service.
Wednesday: Believe it or not there are only three Wednesday dinners between now and the end of the semester. Rebecca is our chef this week, and Alex will be leading our after dinner program. Please come and join us.
Also, make note that we will be hosting a film crew from the Diocese this Wednesday who will be interviewing your campus minister and a few students about campus ministry for an upcoming Diocesan promotional video. So if you happen to pop by and see some strange people with cameras and lights hanging about, don't panic. :-)
Thursday: Eucharistic Adoration from 6-7pm. Please come!
Saturday: This Saturday is the 26th annual Tuckaseegee River Clean Up! We'd like to get a whole group from CCM to participate. If you'd like to join us, come meet at the Student Center at 11am and we'll walk to the UC together to register, and be transported to the river from there. Wear work clothes and sunscreen! For more information click here.
Sunday: Mass is at 7:30pm with Rosary 30 min before Mass.
Finally, please join with our entire community in prayer for the victims of the tragic bombing in Boston yesterday. It is a truism that there will always be evil in this world, always people who succumb to selfishness, fear and ideology, instead of selflessness, love and compassion. So while it is no surprise when this sort of atrocity takes place, it is nevertheless always sad. We take heart in the large numbers of people who ran toward the scene, not away from it, willing to put their own lives at risk to help those in need. This is a much better example of what humanity is capable of, an example of self-sacrifice and love. This is the example of Christ, who came not to abolish suffering and pain, but to endure it with us and make it the very means of our own salvation. People who wonder "Where was God?" in the face of this sort of tragedy simply are not looking in the right place. God was there as comforter, healer, and loving Father. We pray for His continued comfort for all the victims and their families.