A Catholic Retreat Center located in Milford Ohio.
Author: Megan Brooks
Megan Brooks is an Ignite intern from Baltimore, Maryland. This May, she graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a B.A. in vocal music and a minor in theology. She is passionate about her Catholic faith and encountering God through Ignatian spirituality.
During her time at Loyola, Megan worked in the Loyola office of campus ministry with liturgical, retreat, and music ministries. When she is not working, Megan enjoys singing, swimming, or spending time with family and friends. Megan is excited to live and work at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford this year.
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Abide in my love” (John 15:9)
Happy New Year! As I write this blog, the Jesuit Spiritual Center’s youth ministry team just completed our first full week of ministry in 2018. Editing the one second videos I recorded the last couple months reminded me how quickly 2017 came to a close.
As I reflect on all the ways I have grown during the past two months, I can see how God is using both the challenges and joys of youth ministry to shape me into the person I am becoming. In this new season of my life, I want to learn as much as possible about the daily responsibilities of retreat ministry, while also making time to reflect on my experiences and care for my relationship with God.
Before I began the Ignite internship, I knew I wanted a way to remember both the small and grand ways I would encounter God through my daily life and ministry at the Jesuit Spiritual Center. In September, I began recording one second videos of my daily life. Many of the videos capture the high energy moments of retreats, such as ice breakers or team building activities. But, I have also found God in the quieter moments of the past two months in Milford.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3: 22-3)
A month ago, I was packing my bags, saying goodbye to family, and preparing to move to Milford to begin working on the youth ministry team at the Jesuit Spiritual Center. After a challenging senior year and a restless summer of job searching, I started to question and doubt God’s plan for my life. I recognized the desire on my heart to serve the Lord and lead people closer to Christ, but none of the positions I applied for felt like the right fit for me.
Music has always been a central part of my everyday life and spirituality. I feel closest to God when I am singing. When I was six, my mom encouraged me to join my church’s choir. I took her advice and have been singing liturgical music ever since. I believe my musical spirit comes from God, so I seek to magnify Him with the gift of music. Each time I sing at Mass, I pray that the congregation will not just hear my voice, but God’s voice through the music I sing.