Several students spoke last night, very powerfully. One shared how his friendship with a terminally ill homeless man ended up deeping his own faith. Another about her struggle with peer pressure over pre-marital sex, and how a conversation with a friend reaffirmed her commitment to chastity. Another about suffering abuse from a relative. The students (and others) present listened to an hour of such testimony, with rapt attention.
Some of the students told me later that they had not intended to share the things they did; however, something prompted them to when it was their turn to speak. I was reminded of St. Paul's words to the church at Thessolonica, "For our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and the Holy Spirit and with full conviction." (1 Thess 1:5, RSV).
Gosh, I'm going to miss this place! But I'm so grateful for the privilege of having been a part of something so beautiful.