13 October 2008
Thanks for the prayers for Vandy Awakening III. It was a time of grace and blessings. It sort of surprises me how a retreat that I have been on five times and is designed for college students continues to bear such fruit for me, the old chaplain. Frankly, there is the joy of seeing younger people, whom I respect, admire, and love, growing in their love for God in so many ways. Awakening is not, however, only a vicarious experience for me. I am inspired, prompted to make resolutions, and touched by the love of God just like a first time retreater. This is what a retreat should do. I pray that all on the retreat will be given the grace to put these inspirations, resolutions, and affections into effect in our lives.