WELL, I’M BACK AT IT AGAIN…
My name is Austin Smith, and I’m a second-year apprentice from Brandon, FL. I’m proud to have been a part of the program during its inaugural year and am very excited to be joining the team for a second year beginning August 13th, 2018. On top of my love for good movies, books, and adventure, I love young people and culture and all things Love Good.
CONTINUING MY TRANSFORMATION AND MISSION
Over the past year, my heart was transformed. Prayer, community, and ongoing accompaniment broke me down to the core of who I was and unveiled my deepest desires. As an apprentice, I spent a lot of time in daily prayer, where God revealed His incredible love for me despite my brokenness. This healing love sometimes hurt and transformed me through suffering and weakness. As an apprentice, I was tasked with bringing this love to young people across Nashville, TN. In addition to leading retreats, I was involved in the lives of young men at several schools, parishes, and discipleship groups that met on a weekly basis. With God’s help, I hope to set the world aflame with His love through another year of this intense prayer and intentional accompaniment.
This past year in Nashville was also an incredible time of adventure, growth, and friendship. Once I opened myself to the idea of coming back, it became clear that my work was not yet done. God was (and is) calling me to more, and how could I not say yes? The art of accompaniment is all about getting to know a young person, learning how best to love them, and nurturing virtuous friendship over time. I know a big part of this second year is about expanding my own capacity for love and guiding young people more deeply toward the source of all love (God Himself).
SUBSCRIBE AS A PATRON TODAY
When you subscribe as a Love Good patron, you invest in my apprenticeship year and the culture I am helping build for young people across Nashville. You also invest in Love Good’s growing community of artists and will receive our seasonal packages of beautiful books, music, and art before anyone else. With a goal of reaching 60 patrons by August 13th, I am humbled by your love and support every step of the way. Not only will you help minimize my living expenses as a patron, you will create a space for me to thrive in my discernment of God’s will and my gift of self to others.
(USE AUSTIN AS YOUR COUPON CODE AT CHECK-OUT)