I want to start this article by saying that most of my friends and family do not know this about me. I’ve kept my story about suicide a secret for a long time. But recently I’ve noticed a growing number of people who suffer like I’ve suffered. I’ve also noticed many people who were not able to make it out of the dark night.
I write this for you. I write this so that you know you are not alone. You are noticed, you are loved and you are wanted in this life.
For over a year, I had been writing letters to a death row inmate, and touching death row with my letters taught me so much. On the day of the annual March for Life, I hope my experience serves as a reminder that being pro-life is a part of every area of our lives and every issue in our world, not just that of the unborn.
The fact is, I had set up a golden-calf-shaped spot in my heart — and every time I felt bored, I thought that the hole could only be filled with my golden calf.
Pope Francis' visit moved many hearts with his attentiveness to people, and Mother Teresa had a similar awareness of people. So what's stopping us from being a witness, what's blocking our awareness?
Band aid phrases like “Be satisfied with God” are cute little sayings that claim, “Do this and everything will be better!” — as if being a Christian means it’s happily ever after and we’ll never feel empty or restless again. But the truth is: Jesus doesn’t just fill the emptiness. In certain seasons of life, He sometimes widens it.
It was September 2003. I was an itty-bitty freshman at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and had recently rushed Greek Life and became an Alpha Phi. And that, my friends, is where the Lord changed my life.
Let me propose to you this thought: Gratitude isn’t a feeling. What if I told you that gratitude is a virtue you can put into practice? And that we’ve listed 18 ways to do just that?
How are artists supposed to navigate between these two worlds? The problem at the root of this question is the assumption that we are supposed to separate them.
We talk about the concept of “women’s health” a lot, but we don’t seem to be on the same page about what that actually means. But ladies, I think we’ve been sold a pack of lies about what it means to care for our bodies.
We hear stories like this all the time, and all the while we wonder how someone can fall into that kind of relationship. But it’s not just the woman suffering domestic abuse that falls for it.
Every single one of us does.
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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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