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!?
I remember sitting in the airport after FOCUS’ interview weekend, knowing I needed to call my boyfriend of 3 years, Tim, because I realized I had to say “yes” to God whether I got an offer from FOCUS or not. The conversation was not what I expected. Without hesitation, Tim told me exactly what the Lord knew I needed to hear. “Sarah, if we can’t sacrifice for God for one year, how are we going to be able to sacrifice for Him for the rest of our lives?”
I applied to FOCUS in the spring of my last year in college. After going on an interview weekend and being offered a position to work as a full-time Catholic missionary, there were a number of fears that came up. One of them was fundraising.
When I was asked to relocate to California to serve as a FOCUS missionary, I was initially deeply saddened. I loved everything about where I was. Los Angeles intimidated me, and moving across the country triggered many fears inside of me. I was afraid to be far from those I loved and daunted to start over. I felt the securities and comforts waver under my feet, and I was apprehensive of what I would lose.
FOCUS offered me a position to become a missionary the week before my college graduation. Coming from a school with no FOCUS team, and knowing of FOCUS only through their blog, I applied on a small chance that I would be accepted. Meanwhile, I also juggled plans of being accepted from a waitlist for medical school. But if I became a missionary, I would derail my dream to become a primary care physician and all of the hard work I had done over the last four years to make that happen.
As many of you know, Curtis Martin is part of the EWTN series, Crossing the Goal. The Crossing the Goal team has filmed over 100 episodes and the show has become one of the most successful on EWTN.
In his recent Apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis stated:
“In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a center of constant missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented” (#28).
Here you’ll find an easy, how-to guide for a powerful tool: The Discipleship Road Map.
As a Catholic organization, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) seeks to provide just and affordable healthcare for its employees, while harmonizing the healthcare provisions of the Affordable Care Act with Catholic principles. However, the HHS contraceptive mandate has rendered such a service impossible.
Everyone wants to give the perfect gift…something unique, something personal, something meaningful. Accomplishing this task always seems harder than we anticipate it will be. Well, dear FOCUS blog reader, let me assist you in this daunting task by presenting Catholic Christmas Gifts 2013.
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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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