I'm back from a trip to Europe and I wanted to share a little bit about it with you all before I leave to lead worship all over the place this summer! This trip was one of the most joyful, miraculous, and blessed experiences of my life. While I was there, I was in Holland and Paris, France. Paris was breathtaking. All the scenery can just leave you standing in awe, and every church there will just knock you over with its beauty. I got to sit front row for vespers and Mass at Notre Dame, which just left me speechless at the beauty of Catholicism and the universality of our faith. I tried to follow along in the Mass in French and tried to sing the French hymns during vespers, which was a bit of a challenge but beautiful nonetheless. On the last night in Paris, we stayed at the Sacre Coeur basilica which was easily the coolest thing I've ever done. They have Mass at 10 PM, and after Mass only the people staying the night at the basilica are allowed to stay in adoration. There were about 5 of us left, sitting in adoration by the light of the monstrance and the glow of the votive candles around the basilica. I truly felt like I touched heaven during that hour of adoration. There are really so few words that would do justice to the experience.
Other than that, I spent a lot of time relaxing, laughing, dancing, and having fun with some of my favorite people. I biked around Holland and visited my favorite cities and landmarks. I got a private tour of my favorite church which was truly glorious. The beauty of being in Europe brings me joy beyond measure and I cannot wait to go back.
At the present moment, I'm packing up to head out to Steubenville Florida in the morning. I'll be going from Steubenville to Kansas for LTLC, then headed to Georgia for a week of Life Teen Camp! It's going to be a packed summer and I cannot wait for the worship, for the prayer, for the great conversations and laughter and just soaking in God in all His goodness.