I didn’t understand the sort of messiness I was getting myself into until about the sixth week of school. I had just made it through the last week of the Crux and was in the middle of doing Gospel presentations with my students in Bible study. After hearing the regular response of “Uh…sure…I think that I could do that….yeah, I think I could try to make Jesus the center of my life…” for about the tenth time, I finally encountered something different.
Fantastic. This is one of my favorite questions because a) it indicates that you realize that your life is not your own...it belongs to God, and b) it indicates that you care what God thinks about your life.
I can give you a guaranteed strategy for discovering God’s plan for your life. It basically involves asking yourself three questions each day. I promise you that, if you ask these questions of yourself regularly, you will never miss out on God’s plan for your life.
So technically, one of these women made her debut last week and the other two, well, roughly two millennia ago, but God is outside of time, and (with special thanks to the Church calendar) He makes all things new. Moving on.
With all the recent talk of rights, freedom, and what some have called the Church’s “War on Women” lately, perhaps it’s no accident that these three have hit the spotlight. Maybe we are desperately in need of a lesson on human freedom.
“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena
I heard this quote when I was in college, and it was a game changer in my life. It invigorated something deep inside of me. I was convicted with complete certainty that God had a plan for my life, and that plan would set the world on fire as long as I continued saying “yes” to his will.
As many of you know, Curtis Martin is part of the EWTN series, Crossing the Goal. The Crossing the Goal team has filmed over 100 episodes and the show has become one of the most successful on EWTN.
In his recent Apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis stated:
“In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a center of constant missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented” (#28).
Here you’ll find an easy, how-to guide for a powerful tool: The Discipleship Road Map.
In the last few years, FOCUS has developed a tool called the Discipleship Road Map. The Discipleship Road Map was developed organically by FOCUS missionaries on one of our campuses to better explain FOCUS’ vision for evangelization and discipleship. As they found success with the tool, other missionaries and students started adapting it across the country.
This book review continues our series on “What Catholics are Reading.” For more Catholic book reviews, check out this one on Matthew Kelly’s The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.
Evangelization on the internet and I have a bit of a love/hate relationships. If we had a Facebook relationship status it would say, “it’s complicated.”
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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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