Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:14
I just walked in the door from “Thirst 2013.” It was a three day Conference filled with all things Catholic. It was put on by the Diocese of Bismarck and–the best part–it was totally free! It was quite amazing that the diocese, thanks to generous donors, could sponsor a free, three-day event for 6000+ Catholics. I’m pretty confident a lot of lives were changed. A lot of hearts were healed. A lot of souls redirected toward heaven. I know I’m in all three categories!
Anyway, we took 50ish students from NDSU and made the three hour hike west. I wish I could post everything I learned/realized/etc. at the conference. But, everyone would quit reading because the list would be so long.
The very first announcement made at Thirst was that they really wanted everyone to hashtag “#THIRST2013” on Twitter and tweet about the weekend. I decided to take that as a challenge and, instead of writing notes from the talks in a journal or notebook, I tweeted. Everything. (Disclaimer: The next couple sentences won’t make much sense to people like my parents who don’t know (or care) about Twitter.) I tweeted so much during the conference. And, more importantly for my ego, was retweeted, followed, favorited, etc. more times than I can count.
Without further ado, I present to you a tweet (140 characters or fewer) from each talk I heard at Thirst. The highlights*:
Scott Hahn: Apologist, Theologian, Writer, Convert, Converter, etc.
If the Eucharist is just a meal than Calvary is just an execution. #THIRST2013
Cardinal Dolan: The media’s favorite Cardinal, loser in the Conclave, the-man-who-gave-such-an-awesome-talk-that-I-am-writing-three-tweets-here
JPII about canonizing so many Saints: I make Saints because it is indeed possible and we are all called to be Saints #THIRST2013
Reason without faith leads to government by a gang of thugs where suicide is the only escape #popebenedict #relativism #THIRST2013
Pope Francis has a heart like the Sacred Heart of Jesus: going out to those on the side of the road, broken with tragedy #THIRST2013
Not from a talk but from the infamous line for the ladies’ bathroom
Overheard in Bismarck: yeah Bismarck keeps growing. There’s at least 5 cars at every stop sign #theywereserious #THIRST2013
Debbie Herbeck: Jewish Convert, Catholic Mother Extraordinaire
What produces perserverance in a disciple? #suffering #THIRST2013 suffer for the sake of the Gospel. It’s where mature discipleship occurs.
Peter and Debbie Herbeck: Renewal Ministries (just look it up), married, totally in love
The vocation of every person is to love. #THIRST2013
Dr. Margarett A. Schlientz: Holy, Has more degrees than I do pairs of sparkly shoes
The most essential thing you can do as a Catholic is pray every day. #THIRST2013 (**)
Dr. Edward Sri: Co-Founder of my employer (FOCUS), VP of Augustine Institute, Father of many (6 going on 7)
It’s ok to be troubled when the Lord asks you to do something. But don’t fear. Mary was not enslaved by her fears. #THIRST2013
Sherry Weddell: Discipleship Guru, Author of Forming Intentional Disciples
Less than half of #catholics in America believe you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. #sad #newevangelization #THIRST2013
Monsignor James Shea: President of University of Mary in Bismarck, friend of Cardinal Dolan
It’s crucial for all of us to ask what the crucifix means. Woe to us if it every becomes merely a wall decoration. #THIRST2013
Jesus begs from the cross “I thirst.” He gives no heed to His wounds but longs and thirsts for the world, the lost, the broken #THIRST2013
And, one last tweet to sum up the #THIRST2013 experience:
Unite our thirst to the reckless, raging thirst of our God. Hold your thirst up to Him. Let living water well up within you. #THIRST2013
For fun, here’s a pic of all of us who stayed at Nikki’s house:
Silly pic, of course!
If you’re interested in reading more tweets from #THIRST2013, go to @sparkleshoes12 Twitter page found at https://twitter.com/sparkleshoes12 🙂
*These are the highlights of the talks. I actually enjoyed Adoration, Confession, and Mass immensely more than any of the talks. (Don’t think I’m like way holy or something because I liked that stuff more than the talks. This is a first. But, I’ll take it!)
**I know the tweet should say “everyday” not “every day” but, hey, you can’t edit tweets!