Though not as often as prior to getting married, now and then I still take kind-hearted people up on the invitation to speak. I’ve always found the entire thing a bit strange, getting paid to travel and speak about matters of faith and life. In fifteen years, no engagement has ever been the same.
French scientist and Catholic philosopher, Blaise Pascal, once quipped, “God made man in His own image, and man returned the compliment.” Sadly, when we knowingly or unknowingly ‘make God in our own image’ we reduce Almighty God to fit within our narrow and limited parameters of experience and understanding.
One of my more memorable confessions occurred several years ago when I confessed to my Franciscan priest that I was a Christian poser. He couldn’t have known how difficult it was for me to admit or how much I abhorred myself.
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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.'
For FOCUS, this means meeting college students across the nation where they are and challenging them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. Through personal relationships and friendship, we offer college students the true peace and fulfillment they seek in the good news of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic faith, inviting them to answer His calling in their lives.
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