‘Hard to Serve’
inspires youth to overcome pressure
here were probably about 50 to 100 girls sitting all together in the auditorium for the “Hard to Serve” breakout session led by Amy Raimondi. We were not shy to sit together because we were all there to learn how to be God’s servants. Even though we were in a large space, I felt like we were bonding, getting to know each other and really learning together. A reflection by Caitlin Clayton, Kate Rowe and Bridget Morris
always be obstacles that make it hard to serve…
After we played a quick game to get to know each other better, Amy told us to break into groups of eight to 10 people to start our activity. Our goal was to come up with six reasons why it is hard to serve in today’s society and to write them on notecards. As a group, we were to decide which of our six reasons was the hardest of them all and put the notecard in a bag. We were given pennies and told to put the most pennies in a bag with that notecard. We chose how many pennies to put in the bag based on the difficulty of the reason. Many groups had reasons that went along with family, such as family not supporting decisions and family not getting along. Others had reasons that went along with the pressures of soci-
ety, like peer pressure, not knowing how people will react to your service, and today’s busy life. We then had to put all six of our bags, with the notecards and pennies, into shopping bags that two girls volunteered to hold. They were not allowed to put their arms down until Amy told them to. They were holding all of the wide variety of reasons it is hard to serve today. Amy wanted us to remember that there will always be obstacles that make it hard to serve, but we are all called to serve in many different ways and we need to follow that. After listening to Amy’s talk, I realized that there are times when I have given up such a good opportunity to serve God, all because I felt pressured to do another thing. I’ve also been given the opportunity to serve God by simply talking, and it’s hard to do, but I know now that I need to follow what my heart says, and that God will call me to serve him in the way he wants me to. There is no right or wrong way to serve God, as long as you believe you are doing an act for him and to better ourselves. Caitlin Clayton, Kate Rowe and Bridget Morris are members of St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant.
During the breakout session, “Hard to Serve,” high school girls demonstrate the challenge of carrying the weight of so many reasons not to serve.
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DYC 2019 Y5
2019 Diocesan Youth Conference 'Servant'