March 6, 2014
Seriously, I don’t want to write this post. I’ve been avoiding it for weeks. Just writing the word chastity makes me feel lame. I wish we had a cooler word to convey the same concept, but any synonyms that I can think of sounds equally awkward. And every time I go to put my thoughts down on how to be chaste while dating I feel like an elderly prude who’s advising you to wear a chastity belt and preserve your special virtue. But my desire for you to be free from the baggage that comes with deviating from God’s plan for human sexuality outweighs my lack of desire to write about some very practical ways to stay the course. So let’s embrace the awkward together and move on because if you follow these eight chastity preservers for couples, I can almost guarantee that you and your sweetheart will remain pure… even without chastity belts.
March 4, 2014
One of the most visible aspects of Lent is how it begins: Ash Wednesday. This is the day we all see who is getting ready to enter into the season of Lent by spotting who has ash on their forehead. This guide will help you identify the different types of ashes you may encounter.
March 3, 2014
I applied to FOCUS my “super-senior” year in college, and I was ready to be a missionary! As a student, I loved outreaching, I loved leading a Bible study, and I loved (AND still love) my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Sounds like the perfect candidate to be a FOCUS missionary, right!?
March 3, 2014
When Lent comes around, most of us know that we're expected to take up fasting and abstinence. Here's a quick guide for refreshing yourself on what we're asked to do.
February 27, 2014
We are experiencing a crisis of masculine identity. Marriages are falling apart. We see women being used as objects, right and left. I think we are losing a sense of the dignity of women partly because the man doesn’t understand who he is and his role in protecting her dignity.
February 26, 2014
One of America’s greatest pastimes is working out and losing weight. P90X, Insanity, and a host of other workout programs put people on intense regimens, all of the sake of losing weight and staying fit. These are all great things, but we also want to think about how we are working out our hearts, minds, and souls for the Lord. That’s why Catholics have Lent – to prepare ourselves for the Passion of our Lord. And, that’s why FOCUS has developed Lentsanity– to help you in this whole process.
February 25, 2014
After writing Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections, one of the most common questions I get is – What is it about Pope Francis? What makes him so effective, so influential, and so relevant?
February 24, 2014
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I forget that when Jesus says something, He really means it. Like when He says, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever,” He really means that. Or when He says, “Your sins are forgiven,” they actually are forgiven. It’s just so easy for me to forget that.
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