Sr. Miriam talked about the safety blankets we carry with us and how it limits us from our relationship with God. Photo by Jean Ko Din

Think big, pray big

  • August 8, 2015

Days before the Steubenville Toronto weekend, I wracked my brain thinking about what the theme of the conference could mean. Limitless is such a big word, but after experiencing the conference, I think that was the point.

When we think about what we know to be true about God, we forget that He is far larger than what we think we understand about Him. Before the conference speakers sent the crowd back into the world, they left us with a thought or two.

The one that struck me was that often when we pray, we ask God for things like, "God, please help me evangelize to my group of friends," or "God, please let me make a difference in my parish." But what Chris Stefanick said was that these prayers are much too small. If we want to think big, we have to pray like, "God, please give me the spirit to set the whole world on fire with the Holy Spirit." Whatever we ask, God will give it to us, but we have to think big.

Sr. Miriam Heidland said something powerful on Saturday when she said we all have "security blankets" in our lives that we hold on to. We hold onto our insecurities and our smallness so tightly that we don't allow ourselves to live fully in Christ. It limits our relationship with Him and it limits us from being fully human.

I never really thought of my faith that way before. Like many people, I always thought that living out my faith meant doing my part in my family and in my parish. Although that is part of it, I think now I realize I can do more. Through Christ who strengthens me, my individual potential to change the world can be limitless. All I have to do is ask.

Jesus said, "You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). He didn't just say that to the apostles or to whoever was there to witness His sermon that day. He chose each of us, personally, and that's a pretty exciting thing to learn.

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