I hope all of you are enjoying a nice summer! We are about to finish the annual Sebago Leadership Camp. The photo above shows Andy O'Meara teaching a class on Civil War Battles, using a sandbox and figures to showcase the movement of troops at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg. I am told the boys were mesmerized with the class, since many of them were unfamiliar with the stories behind these incidents in American history. One aside: A great book for boys, and all of us, to read more on the Battle of Gettysburg, is The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.
The Sebago Camp challenges young men to grow in virtue and in their faith. Through the classes, sports, night games and free time, we encourage the boys to make new friends, reach out to others to provide a helping hand, react kindly even when tired, and work together to enable their team to do their best on the sports field, submitting articles to the Camp newspaper and performing well at the Talent Show. The boys also attend Mass every day, if they want, and can take advantage of the time for Confessions that the chaplain, Fr. John Grieco, makes available.
The Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocariz, recently wrote about the work that centers of Opus Dei offers for young people, in light of this fall's Synod of Bishops on young people. Msgr. Ocariz said, "There is also a broad panorama for organizing auxiliary activities, in accord with the needs of every place and time. For a large number of young people these activities help to improve their formation humanly, culturally, and in other ways. While respecting everyone's freedom, they also help young people to come closer to the faith or to acquire a stronger Christian formation and life." For more of the letter, dated June 8, 2018, please go to www.opusdei.org.