The time has finally arrived for new beginnings here at Viterbo University. As the Freshmen (and everyone else) begin their college experiences, many of us can relate to the craziness and excitement one may feel with the start of something new.
Just like the Freshmen, Campus Ministry is starting something new as well. With a new class of students coming in, there also new buildings, new faces, new classes, but also a new Campus Minister (Emilio Alvarez) with a relatively (not really) new Campus Chaplain (Fr. Conrad Targonski).
Though many will say “Out with the old and in with the new!”, I would like to embrace the old and the new and bring them together in a Franciscan spirit. This blog’s purpose is to do just that.
Over the course of the school year, this blog will be an opportunity for Campus Ministry to present to you insights on saints, feasts, events, experiences, etc… Hopefully everyone will be able to read something here that will offers some insight, inspirations, excitement, comfort, etc…
Too begin our first Post, Senior nursing student Mandy Jo has offered a reflection that offers some prayerful insights to this blog’s title, Viterbo Sandal Prints: Franciscan Footsteps Towards Christ. Enjoy!
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two set of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, & the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back, at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life, there were only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My precious, child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
Almost all of us are familiar with the above setting, in some way, shape or form we have grown up with it present in our lives. But how many times have we stopped to actually ponder what this poem truly means? How many times do we realize the times the Lord is with us, even if perhaps we feel abandoned and alone? Or those times when we have so much to do that we believe there is no way possible we can accomplish it all?
This can be especially true when one is in college. There are those weeks where it is a challenge to get everything accomplished and it seems as if it is impossible to get everything done. However, at those points, those times when we have 18 credits, a job, tutoring, extracurricular activities, studying, along with attempting to maintain some semblance of a social life and keep in contact with our family, it is then that the Lord is with us and carries us through it all. Even if we don’t feel His presence or realize it, He is there. How else would we make it through those crazy, hectic parts of life?
As we start a new school year, my prayer is that we all make an effort to make time for God, for whether we know it or not, He will always be there and when we need him most, that is when He will carry us.