Being like Jesus
National Public Radio (NPR) has been running a series during the last few months called “Men in America.” This series explores what it means to be a man in America by looking at topics like sports, health, fatherhood, and spouses. But one particular story caught my eye: the portrayal of men in movies.
Some of the greatest movies out there are superhero movies. Just think about all of them: Spiderman, Batman, Hulk, Superman, the Avengers, all the X-Men movies, Captain America…amazing. Clearly, we, the American public, love superheroes. Why wouldn’t we? They are fascinating, inspiring, intense, and ultimately, they reflect a greater truth – Jesus Christ.
If you lived in a mud-walled house with a tin roof, dirt floors, no running water, and sporadic electricity, what would you really want?
Three and a half years ago, if you would have told me I would fly five hours solo, over 3,000 miles away from home, go on mission with absolutely no one I knew, and survive without one single anxiety attack… I probably would have collapsed on the floor and started balling my eyes out from pure gratitude. It’s an extremely dramatic thought, but it’s true. I would have been a mess.
Why is it sometimes so hard to do the small things? Think: picking up that one piece of trash, replacing the toilet paper roll, taking out the garbage… And isn’t it even harder to do them with love? Yet one woman who spent her life doing the small things with great love ended up changing the world in a huge way. How did she have the mentality to serve in small, loving ways?
If you had told me as a senior in college that my post-college adventures would take me to Malaysia and the Philippines, I would have asked you where the heck Malaysia was—and then smiled politely and asked why the heck you thought I would ever have a reason to go somewhere halfway across the world.
Despite over a year and a half after his election, the praise for Pope Francis continues from people of all sorts of backgrounds. The media, the public, and the members of the Catholic Church continue to hang on to his words and his actions.
Pope Francis has the amazing knack for preaching while embodying this preaching with his own life. He is not simply a great marketer for the Church; he is a model of evangelization for us that we can learn a lot from.
It's August. Back-to-school time.
Mission trips. Maybe they sound cliché. Maybe you’ve been there, done that. Maybe you’re thinking, Why travel half-way around the world when there’s plenty enough to worry about in my own backyard? Maybe you’re right—but before you decide for sure, take a minute to read why you should go on a FOCUS mission…
All right, baseball fans: this one’s for you!
Well, actually, it’s for everyone. Because I like baseball, I just fell in love with Stan Musial. When I told a friend about this “Lessons in the Art of Living” series, he suggested Stan “the Man” as my next feature. As I researched, the more I was amazed at the life of this great man and player. He had 3,630 career hits (still forth in MLB history), and when Musial retired after the 1963 season, he held 17 major-league records, 29 NL records and nine All-Star Game records.
But one thing confused me. Why hadn’t I heard his name like I’d heard many others? Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth….It seemed as though his accomplishments were comparable, but there was one thing Stan didn’t have that everyone else did: drama.
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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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