I applied to FOCUS my “super-senior” year in college, and I was ready to be a missionary! As a student, I loved outreaching, I loved leading a Bible study, and I loved (AND still love) my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Sounds like the perfect candidate to be a FOCUS missionary, right!?
One of America’s greatest pastimes is working out and losing weight. P90X, Insanity, and a host of other workout programs put people on intense regimens, all of the sake of losing weight and staying fit. These are all great things, but we also want to think about how we are working out our hearts, minds, and souls for the Lord. That’s why Catholics have Lent – to prepare ourselves for the Passion of our Lord. And, that’s why FOCUS has developed Lentsanity– to help you in this whole process.
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I forget that when Jesus says something, He really means it. Like when He says, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever,” He really means that. Or when He says, “Your sins are forgiven,” they actually are forgiven. It’s just so easy for me to forget that.
I remember sitting in the airport after FOCUS’ interview weekend, knowing I needed to call my boyfriend of 3 years, Tim, because I realized I had to say “yes” to God whether I got an offer from FOCUS or not. The conversation was not what I expected. Without hesitation, Tim told me exactly what the Lord knew I needed to hear. “Sarah, if we can’t sacrifice for God for one year, how are we going to be able to sacrifice for Him for the rest of our lives?”
I applied to FOCUS in the spring of my last year in college. After going on an interview weekend and being offered a position to work as a full-time Catholic missionary, there were a number of fears that came up. One of them was fundraising.
When I was asked to relocate to California to serve as a FOCUS missionary, I was initially deeply saddened. I loved everything about where I was. Los Angeles intimidated me, and moving across the country triggered many fears inside of me. I was afraid to be far from those I loved and daunted to start over. I felt the securities and comforts waver under my feet, and I was apprehensive of what I would lose.
FOCUS offered me a position to become a missionary the week before my college graduation. Coming from a school with no FOCUS team, and knowing of FOCUS only through their blog, I applied on a small chance that I would be accepted. Meanwhile, I also juggled plans of being accepted from a waitlist for medical school. But if I became a missionary, I would derail my dream to become a primary care physician and all of the hard work I had done over the last four years to make that happen.
“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena
I heard this quote when I was in college, and it was a game changer in my life. It invigorated something deep inside of me. I was convicted with complete certainty that God had a plan for my life, and that plan would set the world on fire as long as I continued saying “yes” to his will.
Each year, about 1,000 sailors start Navy SEAL training. Only 200-250 make it through. SEALS are one of the best special operations forces (or as the Navy states – unique breed of warriors who conduct special operations) in the entire world. There are only about 2,500 in active duty currently. A major attraction to this elite force is simply that – they are elite, the best of the best, BA. Men are looking for a challenge and to be part of something much bigger than themselves. If you have seen Lone Survivor (or read the book), or read other stories about SEALS, you have seen/heard the level of excellence these men achieve. They are very inspirational in their commitment to being the best.
This post continues our 30 under 30 series. We are spotlighting 30 young Catholics under the age of 30 who are making a difference in our Church and in our world.
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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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