Encountering Christ and growing our faith
In this issue, we highlight Christmas and the Summit, two of my favorite times. It’s unbelievable that a year has passed by again, as we ready to welcome baby Jesus back into our hearts, and celebrate being Christian. We also look forward to the coming year.
Beginning in 2020, we will again host two Summits yearly. In years past, we had two Summits annually, but with growing costs and our then membership-size not being at a level to sustain it, we decided to have just one event per year. Now, with over 5,500 members and nearly 100 chapters, we are at the size to again host two. The past several Summits have sold out. Part of our intent in having two events again is to expose more members to the Summit. Those who have attended know what a crowning jewel the Summit is to a Legatus year.
Historically, each Summit is whole unto itself. The west Summits tend to have more central and west region attendees, and the east, likewise. As we expand to two events, one will be on the east coast and one in the west; one in the fall and one in the winter. The Summit in September of 2020 will be at the beautiful Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. This Summit will be hosted by the Colorado Springs Chapter and will include different speakers and theme than will our January 2020 Summit.
At next month’s Summit East hosted by the Pittsburgh Chapter, we selected the theme “Iron Sharpens Iron: Co-Responsibility of the Laity.” In Proverbs 27:17, we read: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As Ambassadors for Christ in the Marketplace, we are called to not only refine our lay colleagues, but as Pope St. John Paul II suggested in 1988 in his Apostolic Exhortation Chrisifidelis Laici [On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World], we are called to work in active collaboration with fellow priests and religious. We must help our brothers and sisters, regardless of vocation, to that ultimate goal of getting to heaven and bringing along as many people as possible.
The Summit is built as a retreat: a chance to engage and grow your faith, away from the demands of daily life. It is an opportunity to step away and focus solely on Christ, in a way not possible in the daily hustle. Through this experience, we can sharpen ourselves and each other, and endeavor to truly walk with Him in our vocations.
If you have been to a Summit, I encourage you to share this experience with fellow members and if possible, to address your chapter. The Summit, like monthly chapter events, is an experience difficult to paint for others through advertisements, but which leaves unforgettable impact. If you have never been to a Summit, now is your time!
Lastly, as we prepare for the coming of our Lord, on behalf of all the staff at Legatus, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
STEPHEN M. HENLEY is Legatus’ executive director