Week Fifteen


My job is such a tremendous blessing. I love the students. I love serving them. They teach me something new every day and constantly remind me, without saying a word, to be a better person than I was the day before.

Last night’s choir practice was so perfect, in the sense of working together. It was a rather big deal to me, especially after the little struggles we had to overcome these past few months! God is so good. You all know – I’m not that experienced when it comes to leading music, but by God’s grace, He gave me the capacity to minister to these students musically, and most importantly, spiritually, and to remind them how the two are entwined. They are so gifted! After practices, I also try to remind them of how blessed I am because of them. I help them, they help me, we help each other…and we get to sing and play music together for the sole purpose of worshipping God each Sunday for Mass. What a crazy journey this has been and a truly humbling experience at that.

This evening’s Advent Twilight Retreat (don’t worry – it had nothing to do with the saga) was the perfect ending to this week. The CCM House was packed to the max and our offices weren’t big enough for our small groups (oh the irony), but they went so well and I was so glad to listen to and learn from new people. The talks were spot-on and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ended the night perfectly. AND afterwards, several students came up to me, asking if we could have Adoration on campus more often! (The first student that told me said that it was his first Adoration experience, too.) PRAISE GOD. I’m so amazed. I’m tellin’ ya, these men and women are amazing. Is this really my job?!

With that said, please keep these students in your prayers; that their desire to seek the Lord may only grow. Great things may have already happened here at ODU, but there’s much more to be done.

As for me outside of my CCM life, in a nutshell, I’ve been really pushing myself to do more – mentally, physically, and spiritually. Read more, write more, cook more, explore the area more, walk/jog more, pray more, and love more. The more the merrier. :)

In Christ’s joy,
Fatima

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