Jonathan and I adopted our first child in November.
Since that time, one comment we've heard fairly often is, "You guys are amazing! What a great thing you've done!"—or something along those lines.
But here today, in this post, I want to set the story straight.
The first 5 days of January 2015 something amazing happened. Over 9,000 people gathered in one of the largest hotels in America to SEEK “what moves you.”
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.
Louie Zamperini, world record-holding Olympian, has a life story that beats most fictional stories we find in films these days.
With the release of the new and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series, The Battle of Five Armies, I thought it appropriate to go back 11 years ago to the release of the final Lord of the Rings movie...
We toss around the phrase “waiting on God” all the time; as it pertains to our vocation, finding a job, or even just the season of life we’re in.
Everyone can relate to the feeling of waiting. Desiring. Longing. Feeling empty, waiting for something to be fulfilled...
College students! Did you know that statistics say you will probably leave the Church by the end of your four years?
Every student has been warned about the “freshman fifteen”: the weight gained your freshman year after the compounded effect of delivery pizza, all-nighters in the library and an increasing consumption of caffeine. To avoid this weight gain, most students come to college with a game plan to stay fit.
We arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, with hearts ready to serve, not sure what God had planned for us. We had received an invitation to come on mission, and spirits were high as we prepared to give our all in a radical way. However, we didn’t know He had something totally different in store for us than what we had expected.
Although I may know that Jesus loves me, most of my decisions and actions come from my neediness: my need to be loved, appreciated, important, and known. Jesus doesn't actually move me in my everyday life; selfishness does.
So, how do I change that?
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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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