L.A. Congress: Not Just for Networking

L.A. Congress: Not Just for Networking

Upon my arrival at the Los Angeles Religious Ed Congress, I experienced a nonstop kaleidoscope of people, products, and presentations. Overwhelming? A little — but where else can you find so many faith-filled Catholics in one place, and how cool is that? 

One of the speakers, Matthew Kelly, encouraged us to focus on one “game changer” to take home from the conference. He offered three really good suggestions — simple, doable, and potentially life-changing:
1. Spend 10 minutes each day reading the Gospels; when you finish all four, start over. Do this for a year.
2. Go to confession — once a month. No one achieves mastery without a coach, and none of us sees things as they really are. Try to go to the same priest each time, and ask for some spiritual coaching, one small thing you can work on each month. 
3. Attend Mass every Sunday — be responsible. Get a small “Mass journal” and each week record the answer to this prayer: “God, in this Mass show me one way I can be a better version of myself this week.” 
As I flew home, I reflected on another “game changer” from the overall experience of being at L.A. Congress — the fact that we’re all meant to be part of the solution…for our Church, our world, and our families. It’s easier to sit back and complain, but that’s just being part of the problem. 
If you attended L.A. Congress, what are some of your takeaways? I’m sure we could come up with a kaleidoscope of them!
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About the Author

Claudia Volkman is a director of product development for Servant Books. She and her husband, Scott, live in Florida, where she enjoys walking, knitting, and spending time with her Corgis.
  • Storm Lover

    i am not Catholic, just spiritual.  However I see this faith as a true path and am a fan.  Your insights are very impressive and ty for posting!