It was the summer of 2007 when I moved back into Mom and Dad’s house to take a research position at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE. I really looked forward to my job that summer, but spiritually speaking, I was nervous. Thank God there was a chapel at the office I was doing research at, so I had easy access to a prayer life . . . but what was I going to do for fellowship and accountability over the summer? How would I grow? I knew myself well enough that without the structure of school, the Newman Center community, and FOCUS activities, I would likely begin to slack off over the summer, get a bit half-hearted in my walk with God, and coast on fumes until the fall semester hit.
WWJD? I found myself reflecting on this very question down in Panama City Beach, FL a couple weeks ago. It was literally a 24/7 wild party for the entire week.
Imagine that you grew up uneducated. In your teenage years, you were kidnapped and sold into slavery in a foreign land. Your family was gone. You submitted to your masters and relied on God through this struggle, growing leaps and bounds in your faith.
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Since the pontificates of Pope Paul VI and John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has been commissioned to engage and embrace the world with God's message of love once more with ‘new methods, new ardor and new expression.’ It has come to be phrased, 'the new evangelization.'
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