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.
Evangelization is a huge buzzword these days...but most of us don’t quite know what that means practically. So if you’re not sure how, we’ve got 10 practical tips for you!
Thank God for coffee...you don’t know what your invitation could do in the life of another.
One of my favorite lines in the Hobbit is the slightly ticked-off response Gandalf gives to the dwarves when they discover, with grumbling, that bumbling Bilbo Baggins will be a part of their team. Gandalf says, "I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you… There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea about himself.”
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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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