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What the New York Encounter taught me about faith, art and friendship

Patrick recounts his first experience of the New York Encounter where he met a new friend, through which he perceived the intensity, curiosity and passion he desired for his own life. And then life took on a completely new dimension.

"When I got back home, I saw that things I previously had a passing interest in, like music and film, and even things I had actively avoided, like literature, philosophy and my engineering studies, took on a new dimension for me as I started to recognize that they had something to do with my deepest desires.

When I encountered the films of Terrence Malick later that year, I watched them in a way I had never watched a film before; I dug into them. I let them show me things about my life that I hadn’t seen before. Although I was already familiar with them, the same thing happened with the music of Sufjan Stevens and the short stories of Flannery O’Connor. Life began to take on a richness that it had not had before."


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