For me, Fr Bob's talk on Sunday is still rocking my world about how heart of god is personal not a concept
For me it was when the sound system was all screwed up and Ike was talking to everyone and the moment he realized it wasn't working, he made this innocent, completely surprised dopey face that makes me belly laugh every time I think of it.
But in all seriousness, I have a really hard time nailing down one time... The entire conference was epic. Every time Mark Hart gave a talk, all of the prayer and great discussions everyone had, the welcoming environment, etc. Really made me feel a part of something special.
I'm a LT newbie and this was my first CYMC. I arrived in more of a practical mindset-excited to learn new things about Life Teen and about youth ministry in general(which I did). What I wasn't expecting was for the convention to turn into more of a retreat and for God to rock my world in the way He did. I'm still processing it all, in all honesty.
Also, Joel Stepanek. Seriously. His epic talk during one of the evening sessions. I'm a note taker-it's the only way I won't forget the things I've heard. I was so caught up in his talk that I managed to scribble down a few things towards the end but of course its all illegible. I can't wait for the digital downloads of all the talks to arrive in my inbox so I can listen to it again.
Can't wait for next year!
I am a newbie to LT also. It was an incredible event. The topics, the speakers, the praise and worship, Mass and on and on. I can't wait to go back next year. I am so excited to bring this program back to our parish. I can barely contain myself!
This was my first CYMC, and after my first year as youth minister... boy, did I need it! My first year was a struggle, to say the least. CYMC gave me back some of the inspiration that I had lost over the year and gave me some much-needed perspective. Lots of favorite moments... but I think the most impactful one for me was Sr. Miriam's talk on Mary-- it really set me up for a better experience the rest of the week by helping pull down some of the walls I had around my heart. A little story about that:
I could have sworn that Sr. Miriam was speaking directly to me that night. I know others felt similarly, so you know the Holy Spirit must have been moving! I really do believe that God wanted me to hear her words, though, because I think I was under spiritual attack right before her talk got started. As she was being introduced, I felt an overwhelming sense of discomfort and anxiety, making me want to leave the room and go out to the hallway and just cry or get away from everybody and be alone. I can't explain it. It was so sudden and out of the blue, just a terrible feeling mentally/emotionally. The only reason I didn't leave is because I was sitting near the front, and in the middle of the row, and it would have been hard to get out of the row discreetly. So I just sat there feeling miserable for several minutes. But then, as she started to speak, the feeling started to dissipate. I'm so glad that I stuck around, because it turns out that I REALLY needed to hear what she had to say. By about halfway through her talk, I was sitting there with tears pouring down my cheeks, but they were good tears of overwhelming relief and amazement, I couldn't believe how close I came to missing it, because it felt tailor-made for everything that was on my heart that night!