Ignite Conference's inspiration

23 September 2017

The three theological virtues: Faith, Hope and Love are considered as the principal of our belief and the foundation of our faith. These virtues were obviously shown in the Ignite Conference which was held in September this year.
To begin with, I could experience a strong faith from the youth, their parents, parishes and schools which inspired and led the young people to this amazing event. I was at the Conference as a religious Sister, therefore, it is understandable of the motivation and the desire for this occasion. However, it is 
ignite 2017a jump forward to those students who used to be far from the Church or the communities, and were present there. They took a radical move as Sr Melisa mentioned in her talk entitled Radical Discipleship: “Do not be afraid, do not be satisfied with mediocrity, put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”. These young people dared to step forward and I am sure they would be rewarded after or at least given the strength for proclaiming their faith. This also strengthened my faith in the eternity of our Catholic Church despite all scandals, oppositions and the fallen away of many Catholics. The Holy Spirit will make her grow.

Together with faith, hope is possible. This is the most suitable time for me to reflect about this virtue. In this third week of advent, Hope is emphasized as the virtue we need to look towards to Christmas - the Birth of Jesus. IGNITE may lead to the re-birth of Jesus in many Australian youth and their families. That is the hope we need to have, a hope in miracles, hope in Him- Creator, hope in conversions and changes.ignite 2017
Above all others is Love. Charity is the interior energy which ignited organizers, leaders, volunteers and youth to cooperate and made this event happen. Charity is the breath of the Church especially of IGNITE. God is present in every corner and in every participant, so does charity. Older people showed charity in their dedication in catering for food and water. Young adults illustrated it by their tireless services in guiding, smiling and converting. Professionals demonstrated it in their life and through their lectures and conferences. Students made it known in their enthusiasm, participation and joy. It can be said that this is the Charity which Jesus long for and the Church needs to show.
With a grateful heart, I thank God who, through the generosity of the Sisters, have given me the opportunity to participate in this occasion, where I can discover and learn more and more of His Love and help me to determine to love Him more deeply in return.. Every moment is an opportunity to strengthen my faith, may God open my heart to be attentive to His voice.


Sr Josephine Phan


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