Being like Jesus
Pope Francis released his second Encyclical Letter, entitled “Laudato Si” — so what does the Church have to say about the environment? And why has the Pope chosen now to speak out?
Back in the late 90’s, when I was in college and Blink-182 was just hitting main stream, “pop” punk rock was the greatest music known to man…in my opinion. From NOFX to Pennywise to MXPX, I loved it all. The Warped Tour was the greatest show on earth. All was good in the music world.
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...
The moment I flipped my calendar from January to February this year, two thoughts ran through my head:
I have a confession to make: I am terrible at talking about controversial apologetics issues. Give me a heart who needs to know it is loved and a soul suffering from loneliness, and I am all over it. But explaining to a friend why she shouldn’t be on birth control? My palms get sweaty, and suddenly my vocabulary mainly consists of “Ummmms” and “Uhhhhs.”
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.
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.
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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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