Summer is over. School is back in session. Games, practices, and rehearsals are in full swing. Praise God that we have these opportunities before us but all of these changes can mean life is pretty crazy.

Do you feel a little overwhelmed? Wish you could go back to summer? Sleep in and spend countless hours with friends?

While we can’t turn back the clock, we can relive a highlight of the summer! Here are four suggestions to bring back the Steubenville experience and help others to do the same.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Take a minute to revisit some pictures and check out the Instagram and Twitter posts from @steubystl. Contribute to the conversation and share your favorite pictures with #steubystl and #elevatesocialmedia. In January of 2016 Pope Francis wrote Communications and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter. In this document he states,

What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication; it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communication will be touched by God’s own power.

How can we use our words and pictures to relive the joy and healing we experienced at Steubenville and share it with others?

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

Do you remember hearing a speaker, but can’t recall exactly what was said? Go back and listen to a talk or better yet, invite a few friends to join you and follow up with a discussion on what you hear. This coming week listen to Katie Hartfield’s Saturday night keynote when you’re riding to school or focus on what Fr. Chris Martin had to say on Prayer when you are out for a run. You never know how something new may stand out to you the second or third time listening through.

Press Play

Steubenville participants are creative people! Check out some of these recap videos that were made by conference attendees.

Do you have a video that you would like to share with us, we’d love to see it!

Last, but Not Least

Pray. Take some time and sit with the theme verse, “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5. Sit with the talks, reflect on the scripture and seek Christ in the Eucharist just as we did back in July. While we may not be 4,000 people strong in an arena, we are a part of something bigger, the global Church and that is not something we have to relive but rather something we get to live every day.

Written by Amy Eschelbach
Amy Eschelbach is the Associate Director for the Office of Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In her free time, she enjoys ceramics and one day dreams of owning a mini van!