A pair of green argyle socks changed the course of my life.
After the first Mass of my freshmen year, there was an ice cream social. A nice, female student came up to me and said, "Nice socks." Thus began a friendship that changed my life.
In our journey of faith, we can often point to big moments in our lives as the turning points. For instance, when we experience an intense moment of prayer, or a friend comes to our aid in a time of great need. It is, however, often the moments of simple kindness from a stranger that are just as important. We never know when the big moments will present themselves. We hope and pray we are ready to respond with love when they come.
On a daily basis, we are provided countless opportunities to strengthen ourselves and, even, change the lives of others with our love and kindness. It's the "Hello" to a stranger, the kind word after Mass to the person sitting next to you, the simple invitation to a Small Group that changes the course of a life. Sometimes a person comes into my life and gives me exactly what I need when I didn't even know I was looking for it.
This week, our small groups and service groups start as does regularly scheduled Eucharistic Adoration. On September 7-8, we will have the Freshmen Connection retreat. Wherever you think God might be calling you, you should go. It just might change your life.
Fr. Patrick is a Dominican priest and the Campus Minister.