There is something beautiful about October on a college campus. In a certain way, it is one of the few months of the year with any sense of normalcy (although midterms do seem to throw a hiccup into the whole thing!). September and February, both at the beginning of a semester, are busy with students finding their place in their classes. The race to finals has begun by mid-November and April, and March is split up by a long break (and another set of those pesky midterms!). But in October we truly get to be with students in their day to day life. At the ministry, as well, we have settled into a routine of programs and events. This is often when I'm able to sit back after several intense weeks of outreach and formation and ask, "where do we see fruit? Where are we going to go from here?"
This year has been particularly blessed. As I meet with students, there is a depth to their Spiritual lives that wasn't necessarily there before. Their commitment to prayer and the sacraments is absolutely beautiful (I have counted as many as 30 students at daily Mass some days!). Five students (along with a Community Member) are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, while eight students are actively participating in RCIA (with several more considering it seriously). We, on average, have about 35 students attending the Circle for fellowship and formation; in October we focused on prayer. Many students have started to take initiative in planning additional programs that will help their brothers and sisters to grow in their relationships with Christ. Students are spending much of their free time in fellowship, exhorting one another in the Christian Life.
St. Josemaria Escriva says, "Understand this well; there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it." What a joy it is to see our students discover the divine in their daily lives on a college campus!