You’re drowning under stacks of books, loads of laundry, hundreds of emails, job-postings, expectations, finding new friends in a new city, or the monotony of daily life. You remember that time in college when you experienced God deeply; that mission trip, the weekly Bible study, a retreat.
You’ve been surviving on a steady diet of Ramen Noodles and coffee for the past four years; reading textbooks, using scan-tron forms, and frequenting the library at all hours.
Like bishops, each pope has a coat of arms and a motto. Benedict XVI’s motto was “Co-laborers in Truth,” Bl. John Paul II’s was “Totally Yours.” Pope Francis’ motto is Miserando atque Eligendo, “Lowly but Chosen.”
Sometimes people ask me, “What’s your favorite thing about being a FOCUS missionary?” Well, that’s a tough question. There are a lot of things we do as missionaries. But by far, one of the coolest things I get to do as a missionary is have a front row seat to watch god do amazing things in people’s lives. Looking back on my year serving at the University of Texas at Austin, one particular story still leaves me in awe.
In Monday’s post I explained spiritual multiplication. I argued that it is the premier method Jesus gave us for making disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19). Yet even those of us committed to evangelization frequently do not practice spiritual multiplication.
By the grace of God the whole world should be Catholic in 33 years if we hold true to one key principle in our evangelization: spiritual multiplication. But we are tempted not to do so.
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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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