Lent makes me uncomfortable. Every year, I am challenged to ask myself what sins and bad habits I’ve complacently allowed to remain in my life. This also applies to sins of lust.
Most people have never heard of Jan, but you know his most famous disciple: the young man ordained on All Saints' Day back in 1946. His name was Karol. As in Wojtyla. Now Pope St. John Paul II.
What is the power of one discipler? It’s the power to change the world.
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.
St. Thomas Aquinas calls St. Mary Magdalene the “apostle to the Apostles.” And she's a stellar role model when it comes to learning how women can change the world in a unique, dynamic way.
Martha doesn’t get that Jesus wants her to be interiorly at His feet, undisturbed by how much seems to be on her shoulders — finally able to move those dang mountains by His power instead of her own.
I don’t really remember how it happened.
All I know is that afterward, everything changed. I was so used to the neatness of my own life, and then wham! — everything was different.
So what do we do when we feel stuck? The answer is simpler than you think.
I thought that to lead Bible study, my students would expect me to be perfectly holy and knowledgeable — yet at the same time, I feared they would completely write me off as a no-fun goody two-shoes. While I was freaking out, I realized I was completely missing the point of what it meant to lead a Bible study.
There are a few simple practices that tend to be some of the most overlooked and under-emphasized habits in all of Bible-study leading. But they can make all the difference.
I have a long commute, most of it on the D.C. metro. This past Lent, I decided to dedicate one leg of my commute to praying a rosary. This was inspired by my mom, who prayed the rosary when we commuted together during my college internships.
But I gave Mom’s practice a twist.
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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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