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The Opportune Moment

Alex Benn, Crown Staff

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2015 marks the 6th year that Marian has encouraged their juniors to explore their faith life and better their relationships with fellow classmates. Kairos means “a time in between”, or rather a time something special can happen between you and God. Some consider the retreat to be life-changing, and after experiencing it myself, I can stand by that. The Kairos retreat is so attractive to students, I think primarily because of the secrecy. While I am not prohibited to share what happened on the retreat, in favor of the students going in the years to come, I can at least reveal my observations of a change in everyone.

Going to a Catholic school, it is expected that we all have a relationship with God. Being teenagers, in our day and age especially, does not necessarily mean it is a stable relationship. This retreat separated us from the rest of the world. We were told on the first day to forget about everything else that is happening outside of the building we were in. We were not to think about homework, work, or national crises. Dedicating time to God opens a door and lets something special happen within ourselves  and our relationship with Christ. It can be severely emotional to come to the realization that Jesus accepts us for exactly who we are, sins and all. Our faith is so inspiring because we take the reality of life, understanding that we make mistakes and mess up sometimes, but we always have a place to turn to and a Lord that welcomes us like the father in “The Prodigal Son”.

Kairos focuses on not only building a relationship with God, but also mending friendships with the people who surround us everyday. We were randomly assigned roommates and two retreat leaders who we would spend the next three days with. Little did I know how much I would learn about the girls I stayed with, or how much I would learn about myself. To say that I have made new friends is an understatement, I’ve made best friends. These are the girls I will turn to for real advice, because I know they will  always tell me the truth. They are the sisters I’ve never had, but always wanted. Kairos is not one of those retreats where you feel inspired while you’re there, but when you leave everything goes back to normal. Kairos goes home with you.

        I recommend that every student take advantage of the opportunity to go on Kairos. Every participant comes home with the desire to know God and brand new friendships with not-so-new peers. With Junior year already being so hectic, we need the right support system to get through it. God as our backbone and with friends to hold our hand the whole way through make the stressful journey easier to bear.

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