At training in Seward, during a team building exercise, we were told to try and come up with a team motto or quote or bible verse to guide our summer. Our team bible verse is 1 Timothy 4:12. We decided this verse is the definition of Totus Tuus. I came across this verse last semester at school and it really spoke to me.
My interpretation says that, even though I am young, there’s no reason I can’t do great things. People are looking up to me and the way I act and the way I carry myself all the time, this verse reminds me of that and reminds me how important it is to act in a respectable manner for that reason.
At training they told us, “You will be living in a fishbowl for the next eight weeks; everyone will be staring at you.” I didn’t realize how true that was until I was actually at my first parish.
Through the entire week, as Totus Tuus teachers it’s important to remember that everyone is watching us. The way we act in mass on the weekends, the way we act with the kids we are teaching, the way we act at host families houses, and the way we act in any of our free time is constantly being analyzed. For some people that might seem like a big stress to have to worry about what everyone is thinking of you, but I look at it as an opportunity to bring someone else closer to God.
If I act respectable at church, but still act excited about mass everyday, the kids are going to think there actually is something special about mass, meaning they will hopefully pay more attention to mass and actually get something out of mass. If I show love to every person I come in contact with throughout the week, even that annoying kid that everyone picks on, that kid will think he is important and the other kids will maybe start to think he’s not so bad.
This job is not an easy job by any means, but it definitely has the potential to be the most rewarding job I’ll ever have. If I can help make one person find a connection with God each week, my week will be successful.