I am constantly thinking of the next task ahead, the upcoming assignment I need get started on, or the ever pending doom of an exam I have yet to start studying for. I loose myself in school, work, and my social life, but the thing is, this kind of lifestyle has no freedom. Often I have to remind myself to just breath, life isn’t meant to be run in sprints all the time, it’s a marathon and I won’t have any energy to make it to the end if I am constantly going, going, going. My parents’ favorite advice to give me is “Grant, you need to slow down.” How can I slow down if I have college assignments that require my attention? How do I take it easy when I need to give my all at work because I’m behind on hours and there’s a never ending amount of jobs waiting to be finished? How do I find time for my friends and family?
Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Well I can’t just fall asleep in mass and get recharged so how do I get that rest that is promised? I find rest by just being in God’s presence, and there is no better place for me to feel His presence than at the Catholic Student Center. Simply walking through those doors and smelling Sister Shirley’s cooking or hearing Randall singing renews me. Even if there is no one there actively doing something, I know that He is ever present and can find peace in the great silence where our God wants to talk to me. He wants to talk to all of His children.
At the Catholic Student Center I feel as if I have been awoken and can realize the great beauty of life happening all around me. I can wake up and smell the roses and admire the graces God has granted me. I can stop and thank Him for all that He provides each and every day. This is a fundamental task that so many of us forget about. We get so lost in our own busyness that we fail to stop and recognizes the things that we are grateful for, and just how important these things have impacted our lives.
Without Cowboy Catholics, without all the wonderful opportunities that are offered to us like the mission trips and bible studies, I have no idea where I would be right now. I have no idea who I would be. Thie community there has helped make me the man I am today, and I am forever indebted to them for it. It was here at 221 Aqua Dr. that I rekindled my relationship with Christ and found relationship with others who walk with me in my journey of faith. It is because of this ministry that I was able to go to Jamaica this summer and have my life completely changed. The student center isn’t just a place to get free food on Tuesdays or a place to go in-between classes, it is my home. The Catholic Student Center is where I can go to see my heavenly Father and the rest of my brothers and sisters in Christ.
This Thanksgiving holiday, I want to personally thank you all for your help in keeping our ministry alive and well. Thank you for providing for my home and my family. I also want to challenge you this Thanksgiving to really take a step back and appreciate the many gifts in your own life and say a prayer of thanksgiving for them. Brother and sisters, take the time to smell the roses and rejoice! God loves you, you are His beloved and He wants to pour out all His blessings upon you. In return, offer up to Him your thanksgiving and love, and you will find a sense of happiness and peace that is like nothing this hectic world can offer you.