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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Encounter; Confession & Benediction;

(Written Wednesday, September 23rd 2015)
This past Saturday I attended an AMAZING event I attend every time possible. Encounter Cincinnati. Many of you may know what it is or have been to it yourself, I'm still gonna give my perspective of it. Encounter Cincinnati is a youth event that consists of music, a keynote speaker, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, and my favorite part; Confession.
The night starts out with social time, about a half of an hour. During this time you meet amazing teens that love Jesus as much as you. You also get to meet Priests, Seminarians, Sisters, other religious and some Amazing youth ministers. We start with music, upbeat, prayerful, religious music, you'll get hooked on this stuff, I have a 4 hour Spotify Playlist of music just from Encounter. Then the MC, usually Courtney Brown (an awesome dude by the way) [yes, Courtney is a guy] begins with a prayer, then helps us get comfortable with the people around us by doing icebreakers. I have made quite a few friends [acquaintances] from this, it really does break the Ice. Then Courtney introduces the keynote, I have been to so many Encounters it's hard to talk about one, the keynote usually talks about the Gospel for that weekend or another weekend and breaks it down for us, they use examples of stuff that comes to teens easily, sports, school, social media, etc. and most of the time they make it humorous so it's easier to remember. We have had many Amazing key note speakers over the years, Fr. Dan the new vocations director for the Archdiocese, a Consecrated Single Woman, youth ministers and other awesome people.

Then after the keynote, the best part of the night. Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. It is amazing to see over 700 teens drop to their knees at the Awesomeness of Jesus Christ. Then they invite us to go to Confessions, we owe it all to the priests who come every time to Absolve us of our sins. This past Encounter wasn't quite the biggest with overall attendance, but, almost every teen went to confession, the line stretched nearly completely around the Underground. That was the longest line for Confession I had ever seen, which is saying a lot. When in line for Confession the Eucharistic Procession came right past me.
In the picture on the right, my hands are
the ones lower down. I almost could touch Jesus!! This is the most amazing thing that I have experienced at Encounter. After Eucharistic Adoration came Benediction, which meant our time in the physical presence of Jesus was almost up. Then the recession of the Blessed Sacrament and some more music. After that's over with comes small groups, my whole small group were good friends of mine. In small groups there are a few questions to guide discussion around the theme/talk of Encounter and your Encounter with the Lord that night. After small groups there is closing prayer and more social time, I finally got an Encounter shirt!! (top) There is much more to the Amazing experience of Encounter that cannot be captured in writing or words. This is something that can only be explained through experience. If you live in the Cincinnati area and are Eight grade through High School, please visit http://encountercincinnati.org/ for more info. You won't regret going and I hope to see you there.

Your Brother In Christ,
Robert Richter

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sleep; Energy: Racist Coffee

Written Friday, September, 18th 2015
If you know me personally you know I am usually always full of energy. I try to always look full of energy because if I pretend to have energy I can usually go on fake energy... Fake it 'til you make it. This past week it hasn't been as easy to fake it... or make it. My issue has bee n lack of sleep, I have had many plans this past week and they end late and start early. The past 5 nights the most sleep I've gotten is 8 hours. Now wait, don't judge yet. I'm perfectly fine when I get 8 hours of sleep. I got 8 hours of sleep one night this week the rest have been 7 and then last night I barely got 6 hours. I know ya'll are thinking 'why are you waiting our time writing this, this is normal, we have this problem,' let me tell you something. I am not writing this for you, I am writing this for me, so I stay awake. It's currently 12:15 and I feel like I feel at like 06:30 when I wake up. This past week would not have been possible without coffee. *Transitions Post to Coffee*


So like I said coffee, I drink a cup daily, yeah just one, on the rare occasion two. Now please tell me I'm not weird for putting creamer in my coffee, my family acts as if I'm breaking a law when I put creamer in my coffee. They say I don't really like coffee and I shouldn't drink it if I put creamer in it. I like coffee, the problem is they get the darkest blackest coffee you can get and it taste's horrible, I'm a coffee racist. I don't even have anymore creamer, I just use straight up milk. I'm patiently waiting for Coffee-Mate (feel free to sponsor me Coffee Mate ;) ) to release it's seasonal Pumpkin Spice creamer, then I have to stock up, because I'm your average, everyday, basic white girl. In fact I just looked up if my Kroger has it, I believe they do... now I'm excited. *Transitions back to sleep*
So this morning I was extremely tired, I almost fell asleep before daily Mass, it's happened before. The problem today was that I had to serve Mass, I've done it tired before, but never this tired. At one point I was walking, I knew I was walking but my mind never said 'start walking' my legs just started to walk. Anyway, that's all I got on sleep. God Bless ya'll, hope you sleep well.


 “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep 


because reality is finally better than your dreams.” 


-Dr. Seuss







Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Reboot; Blog and Self; Jason Evert & EUCHARISTIC BENEDICTION

Greetings. Maybe you followed this blog since the beginning or maybe this is your first time reading (if so you are AWESOME!!) If you have followed me you know that I have been inactive on this blog for a while... All summer actually, I did the same last summer. I hope you don't blame me, I was out of town for 2 weeks and 2 other weeks were swallowed whole by VBS and Fair. So if you've been waiting forever for me to start posting... sorry. I think it's time for this blog to have a reboot (i say that all the time) I have deleted some old (embarrassing) posts and I am going to change the style of the website, a good friend of my put it very frank when he told me "Your blog is one of those websites with just text, it looks sketchy." So blog reboot, I'm also gonna be changing how I write my posts, I'm older than I was when I started this blog and I can actually complete a thought (mostly) so i hope to have better quality posts, but, the #1 title rule still applies, Anything Goes. I will write about all sorts of stuff, Sports, Life, High School, Faith, and all sorts of fun stuff. Now that that's over with let's get to the post...
Tuesday night I attended something amazing with many of good friends, I went to go hear Jason Evert speak about chastity. Jason is a world renowned speaker on chastity, he travels to schools, universities and youth events with his wife Crystalina and spreads good virtues to youth, young adults, and adults alike. Jason and Crystal are also the creators of ChastityProject.com. They are the authors of a dozen books like Theology of the Body for Teens and Pure Womenhood



I picked up Jason's 'Book' (more of a booklet then a book because men don't read [his joke not mine]) Pure Manhood. I have read the book and I love it. It's a guide how to become the man God wants you to be. It gives straight answers questions about Chastity, Women, Dating, Sexuality and Authentic Masculinity. If you are a guy I would suggest taking a look at it. You know the cliche term 'Mancard' well that's what this thing is to me, I carry it in my back pocket with pride and if I'm ever struggling with anything related to it I take it out and start reading it. That is part of the 'Self Reboot' i mention in the title, I am going to (re)strengthen my prayer life and really try to be a better person, other attempts have failed but, I have confidence with this try.
After Jason's absolutely AMAZING talk on chastity there came the best thing you can experience, Eucharistic  Benediction, I have always had a time explaining Benediction and Adoration. I mean I can explain it literally, a priest or deacon brings out Jesus in form of the Eucharist. It's easy to explain that way but it's impossible to explain the personal, spiritual experience the reason being all of us experience it differently, the thing I can say is it's powerful enough to bring a room of nearly a thousand people (mostly teens) to their knees. 
Lastly, at the end of the night I got to meet Jason and he signed my book. This man is an amazing role model and if you get a chance to see him take it, you will not regret it. Please go check out Jason & Crystal and many other amazing writers and speakers at http://chastityproject.com/ 
God Bless Ya'll.
(Photos Courtesy of Myself, Alan Hingsbergen, and Abby Murphy; Used With Permission)