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‘Hanging out with Jesus’

By James Ramos

7 a.m. start to the day with clanging monastery bells!

We’ve had our first keynote by the great Jeremy Rivera. Then a few impact sessions. I went to one on Lectio Divina, and an international culture of truth. We have a break tine for recreation and rest, including some important nap time!

I woke up this morning and said to myself: “I am in Spain!” Then I smiled and hopped out of bed.

I had the chance to have my confession heard by a German priest and received absolution in German! What a beautiful way to see the universality of the sacraments. One thing that stood out to me in Jeremy’s keynote was the line that “virtue comes with hanging out with Jesus.” how true?

You can’t expect to become a better swimmer by going to the bowling alley. To be better Christians, we must hang out with Christ! It sounds so casual, but it’s a simple way to convey the truth.

We have our opening Mass tonight celebrated by Bishop Conley of Colorado. Know I’ll pray for those of you reading this! Don’t hesitate to contact me I’d you’d like me to pray for any special intentions.

This trip is reminding me of the importance of a humble heart, so I’d like to ask you to pray for us pilgrims. Many of us are very tired, but by the grace of God we are sustained.

I have met many great friends, some from just down the road in San Marcos to Malaysia and the UK! Praise God. It has been so exciting so far.

I woke up this morning and said to myself: “I am in Spain!” Then I smiled and hopped out of bed.

Love,
James

Author’s Note: This was written in 2011 when James was in Samos, Spain.

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