Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. [Matthew 14:28-29]
This March, Marymount University’s Campus Ministry took three different alternative spring break trips, all united by one theme: Step out of the boat. Two trips offered were a-days-trip away; Cranks, KY, for hands on demo and construction service and Stamford, CT, to volunteer for the Sister’s of Life and join alongside the Sister’s ministry of life. The last option was to travel abroad to experience the culture of the Dominican Republic, continuing to build the mission diocese of the Arlington.
42 students made their unique response to Jesus’s call, giving up their week long spring break to devote themselves to serving others. With limited, or no, cell phone use, humble living spaces and the eye opening realities of poverty, every student experienced a beautiful self-examining transformation. All returned to campus with a greater joy for their current situation and appreciation for what they have. Many seeds of God’s love were planted daily on each trip through the graces of Mass, opportunity for Confession, communal prayer, themed talks given by students and evening small group discussion. With plenty of stories and pictures, the first ever ASB reunion was organized last week, reaffirming God’s continual movement through every students experience. Thanks be to God!