Beauty. Out of all the words in our culture to be devoid of its true meaning, the word “beauty” hits the top. When the average person hears the word beauty, images of a “perfect body” or lots of makeup might come to mind. Somehow, however, I am guessing this is not the way in which Pope Francis is encouraging us to use beauty for the New Evangelization. A limited view destroys our ability to understand beauty in its fullest sense: as a way to communicate God. Beauty is a powerful weapon against the lies of the enemy, just waiting to be wielded if we have the courage to do so.
That question is really insightful. I imagine that many of us have gone to confession and wondered where “for your penance, I would like you to ...” fits into the concept that God’s love and forgiveness is free.
“So,” I started, a bit nervously. This was our first real conversation about the faith. “Are there any particular books of the Bible you’d like to learn more about?”
Ever since Pope Benedict XVI told us that the key to evangelization is the art of living, I’ve been thinking, “Yes, thank you, Holy Father. But what do you MEAN exactly?” A product of our process-oriented culture, I wanted an exact solution to this elusive goal, a step-by-step, Buzzfeed-like guide to virtue, happiness and general sanctity. But Benedict told us it’s not really an exact science: “This art can only be communicated by one who has life – he who is the Gospel personified.”
If I could travel in time, I would deliver this letter to myself before the beginning of my freshman year of college. Since I can't do that, I'll just publish it here.
“The Almighty deserves better advocacy than he gets in this typically ham-fisted Christian campus melodrama.” – Scott Foundas, Variety
In a nutshell, most critics I read were put-off by the film because non-Christians were demonized, the arguments were unintelligible, and it was overall unrealistic. My take? Yes and no.
If you're anything like me, then you need all the help you can get when it comes to prayer. I'm just not always sure what I'm supposed to do in Adoration. Do I sit there and try to look holy? Do I pray for other people the whole time? Do I read the Bible? Or do I just talk to God about what's on my heart?
There's lots of super smart documents out there explaining this. However, we also have some really beautiful stories that we pass on to each other about the power of Eucharistic prayer. I encourage you to remember these the next time you go to the chapel.
Okay, I have to be honest – I haven’t always been a fan of Lent. It’s just so . . . inconvenient. I mean, why would I voluntarily deprive myself of things I like?
So technically, one of these women made her debut last week and the other two, well, roughly two millennia ago, but God is outside of time, and (with special thanks to the Church calendar) He makes all things new. Moving on.
With all the recent talk of rights, freedom, and what some have called the Church’s “War on Women” lately, perhaps it’s no accident that these three have hit the spotlight. Maybe we are desperately in need of a lesson on human freedom.
We all know "teh interwebs" are full of dirty, vicious things that are trying to destroy us. Did you know they're also full of awesome Catholic resources? The websites, apps, and podcasts below can help you learn your faith, and even help you with your prayer.
Note: Despite all appearances, I am not actually trying to get you to spend more time on the web during Lent. Please use prudence.
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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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