Let’s be clear – I don’t hate Facebook and I’m not going to tell you to ban it, as some articles have suggested. I’ve been on Facebook ever since 2004 and have seen some really neat changes to it over the years. I didn’t know what to expect of Facebook in the beginning. I checked it once every two or three weeks. It’s amazing to me how it’s become a website most users in our generation visit multiple times per day. It’s really changed the way we share information and life with one another. I love feeling so connected with family and friends spread out across the world - truly a remarkable accomplishment! On the other side of the coin, I hate what I am seeing in my own life and in the lives of others as a result of Facebook…total loss of joy.
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.
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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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