The resi in Jacksonville opened it doors to a group of girls so that they could have a first hand experience of resi life.
The Open House Resi was a beautiful experience for both the five young girls and the two candidates. Our tiny apartment was packed, not just with people but also with a lot of love, joy, and laughter. The resi, for those who do not know anything about it, started as a place to live for university students who did not want to lose their faith in the environment that is usually found on a university campus. A group of girls from the Home of the Mother had the idea to live together following a well-rounded schedule with time for prayer, studies and fun, allowing them to conserve their faith and remain strong during their college years.
The resi in Jacksonville had the idea to open up the resi to other girls so that they could experience what ordinary resi life consists in and the girls who came were incorporated into the daily routine of waking up early, praying the liturgy of the hours, and doing chores. But they also had time to study and enjoy their time with each other and the Sisters, who always make such a big impact with all those who they spend time with. It was a balanced dose of fun and necessary order. The girls enjoyed learning how to do simple and ordinary things, with more joy and love, elevating even the most mundane moments, to something meaningful. The candidates were blessed with the opportunity to share what we could spiritually and physically with these young girls, but as always, it’s in giving that we receive, and we definitely received a lot during our time with the girls.
Our time was even more remarkable because the Diocese of St Augustine had its third annual Eucharistic Congress, that weekend. Listening to great talks and meeting many other young Catholics really nourished our souls. From the very beginning of the Eucharistic Congress we were brought to a great experience of prayer through a live presentation of the Stations of the Cross presented by the Comunita Cenacolo and a stimulating keynote address by Dr. Scott Hahn. Saturday we were blessed to be with His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan whose jolliness and cheer added so much to the enriching but down-to-earth talk he gave. The day continued with the celebration of the holy mass, great music, praise and worship, confession, and fantastic talks, as well as Eucharistic adoration throughout the day.
The 2015 open house resi was a great experience, rooted in the Lord and guided by the Holy Spirit and our Blessed Mother.
“Being able to go to the resi and stay there for a few days was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It helped improve my attitude about chores and getting up early. We went to Mass and Eucharistic Adoration everyday and that was my favorite thing to do in the morning. The atmosphere was so joyful. Every night I went to bed my cheeks hurt from all the laughing and smiling I did all day.”