I especially loved hearing all the talks throughout the weekend. I live tweeted the events of the weekend. You can see the reflections of the weekend by following us on twitter @CatholicMatch
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the weekend:
Fr. James Otto (homily during opening mass): “Open your heart to the Holy Spirit. Things will be said this weekend that will change your life.”
Fr. Thomas Loya: “Source and summit of our faith is the Eucharist. Being Catholic is about seeing the invisible God become visible. See God present in the Eucharist.”
“Everything in creation speaks of God, we just need to translate it.”
Lisa Duffy: “God is there for you. He has something waiting for you. Trust him and be open to what he is calling you to do.”
“When you date, you should help your match get to heaven.”
“People who don’t know Christ watch you. We need to be intentional disciples.”
“Why are you dating? If you have a broken heart, don’t date for consolation.”
“Do you lack forgiveness for someone in the past? Do you have attachments that are holding you back from having a free heart?”
Emily Stimpson: “No matter how much longer we will be single, God is calling us to be beautiful witnesses to his Church. That is our plan right now.”
“Our singleness is not a reflection of what is wrong with us.”
“Don’t date someone who is leading you away from Christ, but towards Him.”
“Trading in your deepest beliefs just to find a spouse is walking away from grace. You can’t walk away from God and be truly happy.”
“Don’t think you need to put your life on hold until a spouse comes along. Say yes to the opportunities that God has for us along the way.”
“The devil convinces us that we are on our own and we have to live the single life alone.”
“Don’t rule out the saints. We are not alone. The Saints are there to come to our aid. They are real. Their friendships are real.”
Daniel Mattson: “Abandon yourself to Divine Providence and know that Jesus is there. May this cup pass, but thy will be done.”
“The enemy is such a liar that he makes the lies seem more true than truth itself.”
“I thought that God would strike me down b/c of my unfaithfulness, but I became overwhelmed with His love.”
“Our vocation is to work with God’s grace to fulfill his glory.”
“God doesn’t see the past. He only sees the eternal present.”
Damon Owens: “Love is willing the good of the other. I will lay down everything for you.”
“Everything we do has an impact. A life well lived starts with the understanding of who we are.”
“We need to reflect on: What is my call? What is it that truly brings me joy? Why am I here?”
“The universal call to holiness is not preserved for the precious few. We are all called.”
On the Sunday, I was overwhelmed by the sight of hundreds of Catholics celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass together. How amazing.
Bishop Michael Fitzgerald gave an inspiring homily on the last day. He called us to increase our faith because faith needs to be nurtured with regular practice through prayer and the sacraments and how we live each day. He asked the challenging question of whether we are taking the time to work on growing our faith.
Bishop Fitzgerald also talked about the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation and said that the sacrament of confession is our opportunity to ask for God’s forgiveness, but also the courage to persevere in the faith. He reminded us that what we do in life matters. We must live the heart of the faith and put it into practice through charity.
I hope my fellow National Catholic Singles Conference attendees were rejuvenated and inspired by the weekend. I know I was.
Here is my photo gallery from the weekend. Thank you to all who visited me at the CatholicMatch booth!