Welcome friends! We are super jazzed to bring to you today a guest blog entry from Danielle Amundson (left — you know Erin on the right from yesterday), who is a Junior from Waunakee, WI. The following is a preview of her article appearing in the Catholic Herald this week.
I will never forget my first Resurrection Rally. As a freshman, I was nervous, especially since I didn’t know the girls from my parish well. But on the ride to the Chula Vista, the Oreos and smiles appeared, and neither left throughout the weekend. The weekend was a beautiful blur of meeting new people, riding water slides, singing, learning, and praising God.
My favorite memory from the weekend was Saturday night. We all got dressed nicely for Mass, but first there was adoration and Confession. I watched the line for Confession grow and snake along the back of the room. It was breathtaking to see so many teens want to mend their relationship with Jesus.
A few leaders held Lectio Divina in a nearby room. My best friend from another parish and I decided to go. I had heard the scriptures from that weekend countless times before, but this opened my eyes so much more. Different phrases stood out to each person, and as everyone explained how they interpreted the Gospel, I learned so much.
At the end, I remember my friend and I walking towards each other, and we both were so moved by the Holy Spirit that we began to cry and hug each other. As freshmen. In a room filled with people we didn’t know. Neither of us felt embarrassed. Neither of us said a word, but we both experienced the same joy and love in that moment.
Although you may not find yourself crying at Frassati Fest this year, I recommend the experience to any high school student. It will be a weekend filled with faith, fun, and friends, and it won’t disappoint.
Thanks for sharing your GREAT story Danielle! In the midst of this busy season preparing for Christmas, we hope you remember some good advice from our patron —