The Stations of the Cross are an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church going back to the fourth century when Christians went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land...
“I still don’t understand why you decided to work for FOCUS for two years before applying to medical school.”
This is the question that I kept getting from many people after I decided to become a FOCUS missionary. “Medical school is long and very expensive,” many would say, “so why would you want to wait an extra two years to begin?” Some people advised me to look for an engineering job since I studied biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia. “That way, you could have some extra money to go towards medical school tuition…especially if you like math and science so much. I just don’t get the connection between FOCUS and medical school.”
Well, I signed up for what seems like an impossible and regrettable task – name the top 24 Catholics to follow on Twitter (plus one Protestant). Impossible because there are so many great people to follow and I’m only naming 24. Regrettable because surely I’ll leave off some very important and influential people.
I looked through the anonymous posting app Yik Yak during SEEK. This is what students were saying.
I’d never felt exhaustion like this before. We’d been walking for almost 11 hours; that was longer than the amount of sleep we’d had in the past two nights combined. We were running out of water and it was the hottest part of the day. Every single muscle in my leg was screaming with pain and I literally didn’t think I could push myself anymore.
The first 5 days of January 2015 something amazing happened. Over 9,000 people gathered in one of the largest hotels in America to SEEK “what moves you.”
I don’t know about you, but the time I spent with you (and 9,999 others) won’t be forgotten quickly.
What a beautiful five days we just spent together. I was absolutely blown away by the love you shared with me, your enthusiasm in the midst of craziness, and how you courageously looked at yourself, God, and life with new perspectives.
If you aren't able to be with us in Nashville, joining us on social media and the SEEK live stream is the next best thing.
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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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