From Mess to Mercy

Last year, we came together to make a mess! The right kind of mess... we came to clean up those messes in our lives which were destructive. We came to pray for those messes which were beyond our control. Inspired by Pope Francis' charge to the young people at World Youth Day in Rio, to go home "and make a mess in the dioceses," we were all called to look at those places in our churches, homes and schools in which the "status quo" needed to be challenged. We came together as a community and played ridiculous, messy games, enjoyed inspiring talks, prayed, laughed, sang, danced and served. Our communal prayer over the course of the weekend was "I will go... Send me!"

This year we return again... to laugh, to greet old friends, enjoy great music, games and food. We join together to get out into the community and get our hands "dirty" serving others and most importantly we come to catch our breath and refocus our lives. We long to move forward as the "world changers" we are called to be, inspired this year by the example and challenge of Pope Francis to go out and "Be merciful like the Father." So won't you come and be a part of this exciting journey? Come and find new friendships. Laugh until your side hurts. Talk about things that matter. Make a difference in someone's life. Come to KNOW God's peace and mercy for your own heart. Leave strengthened and inspired to be a peacemaker in the world... prepared to SHOW unconditional love and mercy to a hurting world. Sounds like a weekend well spent to me!! SHOW KNOW MERCY!