Being like Jesus
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.
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.
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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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