So you're a young adult or teen thinking about being a part of ECHO Theology of the Body retreat hosted by Dumb Ox Ministries, but maybe you have some hesitations about going. ECHO has been a major formative experience in my life as a young adult Catholic, but maybe it's not for everyone. Maybe you're reading this and you're thinking, "I already know everything about Theology of the Body. I don't really need to go." Well, perhaps you're right. Maybe you do know everything and it's probably a waste of your time. So allow me to give you some assurance and firm resolve in your decision to not be a part of ECHO. Here are 7 reasons why ECHO is a total waste of your time.
1. You already know how to love
Let's face it, you've got this whole love thing down. All of your relationships are EXACTLY how God has designed them to be.
In his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, St. John Paul II wrote, "Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it."
But your life completely makes sense in every respect, and the deepest meaning of love has been revealed to you, and you have encountered and experienced a little too much love so you're kind of over it.
2. You don't want to be a part of the New Evangelization
The first time St. John Paul II used the term “The New Evangelization” was in 1983. He said, “The New Evangelization is the old evangelization, meaning, declaring the Lordship of Jesus Christ.” How is it new then? “It has to be new in ardor, new in expression, and new in method."
Well, you've done enough of declaring to the world the Lordship of Jesus Christ already...
And you already do it with enough ardor and zeal, so why put any more effort into it?
Something new? You're probably not up for it...
3. You actually believe spending money on things makes you happier than spending it on experiences
Yeah you should probably just buy a nice watch or something, or maybe put some money towards a new phone possibly. You know those things are going to give you so much lasting joy!
4. You’re not really interested in making any more lifelong friendships
Your friend quota is pretty much filled up. You really don't need to spend your time with people who are in the same state of life that you are or who are going through the same challenges. What could you possibly learn from those people anyway? You're probably better off going through all of that alone.
5. You’ve got that whole prayer and relationship with God thing under control
For St. Therese of Lisieux, "...prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
"But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought," are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God." CCC 2559
But all that doesn't really apply to you. Your prayer life is on point. NEXT!
6. You're not really interested in spending time with joyful religious
Being around religious will probably just make you depressed
Their lives are terribly boring and being around them will not enrich you in any way whatsoever. They're probably going to force you to be celibate, which is the most horrible thing you can possibly imagine.
7. You already know everything there is to know about Theology of the Body
For the past 5 years, I've been a part of something that has completely changed the course of my life. I was asked to be a part of the first ECHO Theology of the Body Camp as a young adult leader and every year since then, ECHO has been a part of my life. ECHO is where I have found my community by making life-long friendships with so many people who are in the same state of life and going through the same struggles. This community has given me the support and the foundation to live out my vocation with faith and veracity. My faith, my prayer life, and my relationship with Christ has forever been changed because of ECHO, and I can't go back.
For information on how to register for ECHO click HERE!
Come! Be a part of the New Evangelization!